Baylor beats Georgetown in NIT opener

LaceDarius Dunn and Kevin Rogers each scored 20 points and Curtis Jerrells added 19 to lead Baylor to a 74-72 win over Georgetown in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night.

The Bears (21-14) got their first postseason victory since 1950.

Jerrells put Baylor ahead 74-69 with a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining.

But DaJuan Summers hit a 3-pointer for Georgetown (16-15) with four seconds left, and Tweety Carter missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity for the Bears.

Summers, who led the Hoyas with 19 points, grabbed the rebound and launched a shot at the buzzer that fell short.

Jerrells’ layup tied the game at 67 with just under five minutes remaining. He followed with a steal, and Carter’s 3-pointer gave the Bears the lead for good less than 30 seconds later.

Behind 72-69, Georgetown’s Chris Wright attempted a 3-pointer from the left side with 11 seconds left. Jerrells partially blocked the shot and Dunn pulled down the rebound for the Bears. He nailed the clinching free throws in the final seconds.

Greg Monroe added 12 points and Austin Freeman 11 for Georgetown.

Trailing 44-34 at halftime, Baylor opened the second half on 13-2 run and took a 47-46 lead with 16 1/2 minutes left to play. Dunn ignited the comeback with 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

Georgetown shot 76 percent from the floor in the first half, connecting on 16 of 21 attempts.

Baylor plays Virginia Tech, a 116-108 double overtime winner over Duquesne, in the next round of the NIT.


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