SAW FALLS, South Dakota — In the 2021 National Championship rematch, Adam Flagler hit a pair of triples as No. 6 Baylor scored the last eight to outsell No. 14 Gonzaga 64-63 on Friday night.
Rasir Bolton of Gonzaga missed a wild layup attempt due to a buzzer.
Two seasons ago, Baylor beat the then undefeated Zags 86-70 to win his first title. This time, the Bears didn’t take the lead until Jalen Bridges made two free throws with 16 seconds left.
“Adam is a great leader, but nobody knew he wasn’t feeling well today,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. “Honestly, some players wouldn’t play. He played through pain and left it all on the court. As a coach, I appreciate it.”
The Bears (6-2) were trailing 63-56 before Flagler hit a three-pointer with 1:33 left. Flagler’s trio reduced Baylor’s lead to 63-62 just over a minute before the game.
After a time violation for Gonzaga’s shot, Flagler’s three-point attempt to take the lead fell short, but Bridges was fouled by Drew Timm on a rebound attempt. Bridges scored two penalties to give Baylor the lead.
The Zagovs (5–3) had one last chance when Bolton caught a pass within their foul line with 4.6 seconds left. He drove down the alley, but his unbalanced shot flew high over the glass and missed as the buzzer sounded.
“We took two balls down the hill and tried to play on the ring. It’s difficult at this stage of the game,” Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. “This is very disappointing. They played, dude.
Freshman Keyonte George scored Baylor 18 points and seven rebounds. Flagler scored 11 points and Langston Love added 10.
“I trust my work. I was able to knock them down,” said George. “My teammates believe in me every day. They give me confidence in the big game to take those big shots.”
Malchi Smith scored 16 points for Gonzaga. Anton Watson added a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Timme had nine points.
Baylor led by a full 12 points in the first half before Gonzaga closed to five at halftime.
Watson’s basket gave Gonzaga a 41–40 lead. The teams then switched leaders over the next 13 minutes as there were two draws and 14 lead changes in the second half.
Smith’s thunderous dunk gave Gonzaga a seven-point lead with two minutes left.
THE BIG PICTURE
Baylor: The win was a big bounce for Baylor after losing 26 points to Marquette earlier in the week. The loss was the most lopsided for the Bears since they lost 82–56 to Kansas in 2007.
Gonzaga: After opening the season with a 2nd-place finish in the AP preseason poll, the Zags have now lost two out of three.
Timme started the night leading the Bulldogs in scoring with 20 points per game. He was prevented by a foul against Baylor and scored his first field goal with six minutes remaining. He fouled 16 seconds before the game.
Four players on the floor on Friday night played a major role in the championship game two years ago, including Flagler, Timm and Watson, and Baylor’s Flo Tamba.
Baylor: The Bears return home to host Tarleton on Tuesday and then play Washington State on Sunday in Dallas for the Pac 12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge.
Gonzaga: The Bulldogs have returned to Spokane three times in a row since Monday, when they face Kent State for the first time in school history.
Austin, Texas. Texas made Creighton’s shooters have a terrible night, only to see a late flurry of 3-pointers start to whistle.
The Longhorns’ 11-point lead was reduced to three.
This hardly deterred Marcus Carr and the second-place Longhorns, who stepped up their own powerful late shots and consistent free throws to secure another impressive early-season win, 72-67 over the seventh-place Bluejays on Thursday night.
Carr scored 19 points and made two free throws with 10 seconds left as Texas held off a furious Creighton prank late in the game.
Creighton struggled for a miserable night with three-point shooting but held on 62-59, thanks in part to Baylor Scheierman’s five straight points. A jump from Carr’s baseline and an easy shot by Tyrese Hunter when Creighton lost him on an inbound pass with 46 seconds left extended the Longhorns’ lead again.
That didn’t quite close the door for Creighton, who got two more 3s from Scheierman, who missed his first nine tries. This forced Texas to complete it from the free throw line behind Carr and Brock Cunningham. Cunningham’s two free throws with 4 seconds left were his only points in the game.
“There will be many times when one of us has to go out there and knock down a bunch of free throws,” Carr said. “We talk about it all the time.
The match was part of the Big 12-Big East Battle and Texas scored a second victory against a top 10 opponent in their new arena. “Longhorns” (6:0) beat the then number. 2 Gonzaga on 16 November and have the highest ranking since they were No. 1 in the 2009-2010 season.
“I don’t think we’ve proven anything,” Texas coach Chris Beard said. “We’re just a team trying to get better.”
Hunter scored 15 points for Texas.
Ryan Kalkbrenner has 20 points and 13 rebounds (6-2) on Creighton’s account, while Ryan Nembhard has 17 points. The Bluejays were 4 of 27 on three points.
Scheierman, who has shot 44% from behind the arc this season, has been late three times in a row. His unbalanced shot from the right corner over a defenseman put the Bluejays 68–65 with 11.4 seconds left.
Scheierman finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
“The reality is that you will have nights,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. “It just happens. We don’t want him to ever stop shooting.”
THE BIG PICTURE
Creighton: Kalkbrenner was nearly unstoppable on 9 of 10 hits for the Blueges, who kept launching from long range instead of looking for their 7-foot center.
Texas: The Longhorns failed to achieve their usual number of passes and fast breaks, but were exceptionally clean with the ball offensively. Texas only had three losses, which Creighton turned into three points.
FORMER TEAM STAFF
Texas senior forward Christian Bishop played three seasons at Creighton before moving on to the previous season. He finished with six points and four rebounds in 16 minutes.
“We realized what the game was, not just for our team, but for Christian,” Carr said.
McDermott suggested that his team might just be tired. The Bluejays won the Maui Invitational 2-1 last week before playing their first game of the season at the opposition’s home court.
“Three games in three days against ranked teams (in Hawaii) and then come here,” McDermott said. “I have a lot to demand from my team.”
On Sunday, Creighton hosts an opponent from Nebraska.
Texas will play No. 16 Illinois in New York on December 6 at the Jimmy V Classic.
SOUTH BEND, IN — Diamond Miller scored 31 points, including a buzzer game winner, to lead No. 20 Maryland to a 74-72 victory over No. 7-ranked Notre Dame on Thursday night’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge .
Irish defenseman Sonia Cintron’s layup equalized with 15 seconds left before Maryland held on until the last shot. Miller hit a contested middle-distance jumper just before time expired, giving the Terrapins a win over a top 10 opponent. It was the 15th leader change in the game.
Miller also had a game-high 12 rebounds and five assists. Shyann Sellers added 17 points.
Maryland (7-2) scored their first victory over Notre Dame (6-1) since 2007.
Cintron’s double-double led the Irish to 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Notre Dame’s top scorer, Olivia Miles, got off to a slow start on Thursday due to a foul. She scored 12 of her 14 points in the last 15 minutes of the game, along with seven assists and two steals.
THE BIG PICTURE
Maryland: The Terrapins took their second top 20 win of the season ahead of the upcoming Big Ten opening.
Notre Dame: The Irish have had foul problems this season and the problem persisted on Thursday. Miles only played 25 minutes, including most of the fourth quarter, due to a fourth foul late in the third quarter.
Maryland: Returns to College Park to play Sunday’s first Big Ten game against Nebraska.
Notre Dame: stays at home to host No. 3 UConn on Sunday.
The starting five is the same, but that’s where the comparisons between the AP Top 25 team from Virginia and last year’s NIT quarter-finalists end.
Yes, another year together and a trip to Italy made the top five much better, but some of the credit for that certainly goes to another group: the reinforcements. They helped the Cavaliers (6-0) already eliminate #6 from Baylor, #16 from Illinois and Michigan.
Virginia scored 70 or more points in their first six games for the first time since the 2003-04 season, and coach Tony Bennett said it was offense, not UVA’s signature relentless defense, that saved them in a 70-68 win. a week in Michigan in the ACC/Bg Ten Challenge.
“Our offense kind of kept us in the game in the first half,” Bennett said before the team pulled it all together, erasing an 11-point lead at halftime to disappoint the raucous Wolverine crowd.
Rhys Beekman was the catalyst for the attack, scoring 15 of his 18 points before halftime, but he was joined by four others, including Jaden Gardner. His foul line jumper with 39.9 seconds left gave him the last of 11 points and the winning lead.
Gardner, who led Virginia in scoring last season (15.3 points per game), is averaging 11.5 this year.
“We have a lot of capable scorers and we will just keep playing together. And now we’re playing a very selfless basketball game,” Gardner said after scoring 24 goals against the Maryland Eastern Shore. He entered the game with 31 points in four games.
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