Quincy Acy helps Baylor edge Xavier
BY CHARLES ODUM Associated Press
Saturday, March 24, 2012
3/24/12 at 6:37 AM
ATLANTA - Quincy Acy, the only senior in Baylor's starting lineup, had a double-double to help the Bears hold off Xavier 75-70 on Friday night and advance to its second regional final in three years.
Baylor will face the Kentucky-Indiana winner in Sunday's South Regional final.
Acy had 20 points and 15 rebounds. He sank two free throws with 31 seconds remaining after Xavier cut the Bears' lead to six points.
Baylor, wearing bright neon-green uniforms, never trailed and led by 18 points less than 8 minutes into the game.
Xavier played from behind all night, but never quit. The Musketeers cut the lead to just three, 71-68, with 22 seconds remaining.
Pierre Jackson had 16 and Perry Jones III had 14 for the Bears (30-7).
Tu Holloway led Xavier with 22 points.
Xavier was hurt by poor shooting, especially from beyond the arc. The Musketeers were 0-for-11 on 3-pointers before Justin Martin ended the drought with 2 minutes remaining. He added another 3 40 seconds later, and Holloway's 3 with 22 seconds remaining cut the lead the 71-68.
Holloway added another basket, but Baylor's Brady Heslip made four consecutive free throws in the final 17 seconds to protect the lead.
Heslip, coming off his career-high 27 points on nine 3-pointers against Colorado, had only one against Xavier and finished with 11 points.
Baylor also won three NCAA Tournament games in 2010 before losing to eventual national champion Duke.
Xavier (23-13) couldn't advance after making the round of 16 for the fourth time in five years.
Kenny Frease had 18 points and Mark Lyons had 16 for the Musketeers.
With Xavier stretching its defense and Baylor working the clock, Jackson sank a 3-pointer with 2:50 remaining to give the Bears their biggest lead of the half at 65-54. Following a missed free throw by Lyons, Acy's basket pushed the lead to 13 points - too much for the Musketeers to overcome.
Heslip surprised the Musketeers by scoring on two drives to the basket in the opening minutes. Heslip added a 3-pointer before a jumper by Quincy Miller stretched Baylor's lead to 22-4.
BAYLOR 75, XAVIER 70
XAVIER (23-13): Wells 2, Walker 0, Frease 18, Lyons 16, Holloway 22, Davis 2, Taylor 0, Martin 6, Robinson 4.
BAYLOR (30-7): Acy 20, Miller 6, Jones III 14, Heslip 11, Jackson 16, Bello 1, Walton 2, Jefferson 0, Jones 5.
Original Print Headline: Acy helps Baylor edge Xavier
Baylor's Quincy Acy goes up for a shot as Xavier's Justin Martin defends Friday in Atlanta. DAVID J. PHILLIP/Associated Press