SAN ANTONIO — Too big. Too strong. Too fast.
Baylor was too much of just about everything for Creighton and Doug McDermott to handle.
And because of it, the sixth-seeded Bears are rolling out of Texas toward California and the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 after an impressive 85-55 win Sunday night in the West Regional.
Isaiah Austin and Brady Heslip each scored 17 points and Baylor used suffocating defense to shut down McDermott, ending the career of one of college basketball’s most prolific scorers.
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“We did a good job making it tough on him,” Bears coach Scott Drew said.
McDermott, who averaged 27 points this season, finished with 15 but had just three in the first half as Baylor built a 20-point lead. McDermott ranks fifth on the NCAA career scoring list with 3,150 points.
Baylor (26-11) had five players score in double figures and shot 64 percent in one of the dominant performances of the tournament.
“We take pride in people hating on us, and we love proving people wrong,” Austin said. “Everybody has bought into the one goal that we have in mind and that is winning a national championship.”