In the semifinals of the NCAA March Madness Championship on Saturday night, the top-seeded Baylor Bears defeated the Houston Cougars 78-59, making it the first time since 1948 to enter the championship game.
Baylor entered the semifinals for the first time since 1950 and will enter the championship game. The Bears will become the winner of the Gonzaga-UCLA semi-final.
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The Cougars had the upper hand in the first half of the game, and when the Cougars struggled to find a defensive foothold, they entered halftime 45-28.
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The Bears completed 53% of their field goals and scored 11 of 24 three-pointers, with Jared Butler leading, despite not scoring in the second half.
The only bright spot in Houston was the offensive performance of sophomore Marcus Souther in the opening half. He scored 17 of his 20 points, while the rest of the team scored 1 of 15 points.
This is a cruel journey for a team that has reached the top four of the plan since 1984.
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The Bears entered the championship game, and they will face champion No. 1 seed Gonzaga on Monday night, or UCLA in their first national championship game.
“Leaving a legacy at Baylor is one of my goals,” Butler said after the game. “Also, you have to win the national championship. You have to win the game. You have to be a great plan, focus on great things, and that’s what we are doing.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.