The University of Hartford males’s basketball workforce’s storybook season got here to an finish Friday within the opening spherical of the NCAA event.
MaCio Teague had 22 factors to steer top-seeded Baylor to a 79-55 victory in a South Regional first spherical recreation at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Baylor (23-2), which started the season 18-0, will play No. 9 Wisconsin, an 85-62 winner over eighth-seeded North Carolina Friday, in a second spherical recreation Sunday.
“You got to give Baylor credit,” Hartford coach John Gallagher stated postgame. “They’re a national championship contender for a reason. I watched 11 games of them. They present problems in a lot of areas – their length, their size, their shooting ability. They’re probably one or two of the best teams in the country.”
No. 16 seeds are 1-137 all-time towards prime seeds. The one win belongs to the Hawks’ fellow America East member UMBC, which shocked Virginia three years in the past.
Jared Butler, an Associated Press first-team All-American, added 13 factors, 9 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds for the Bears.
Austin Williams led the Hawks (15-9) with 19 factors on 7-for-14 taking pictures. Traci Carter added 11 factors, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
Davion Mitchell, the Big 12 defensive participant of the yr, held Carter to 2-for-12 taking pictures.
The Hawks reduce their deficit to 24-20 on a Carter three-pointer with 4 minutes left within the half, however the Bears answered with a 13-1 run to hold a 37-21 lead into the break.
Hartford’s PJ Henry hit 4 free throws to chop Baylor’s result in 43-30 with 14:19 left, however the Hawks couldn’t pull any nearer.
On the primary play of the sport, Hartford’s D.J. Mitchell suffered an damage after getting fouled on a three-pointer and touchdown awkwardly on his ankle.
“He’s a details guy. He does all the little things and obviously we missed him,” Gallagher stated of Mitchell.
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