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Bears overcome by Buffaloes 72-59

March 4, 2003

By Matt Richards

In a physical game full of hard fouls and heated tempers the Bears fell to the University of Colorado Buffaloes Saturday afternoon in the Ferrell Special Events Center 72-59. The loss drops the Bears to 4-10 in the Big 12 and 14-11 on the year.

Baylor entered the contest tied for ninth in the Big 12 but had played well in their past few games. They won two of their last three including a road upset of Oklahoma State University 74-72 on Feb. 15.

After early season victories against The University of Texas and the University of Kansas, the Buffaloes had struggled in their last game losing 55-81 at Iowa State University. Colorado was tied for sixth place in the Big 12 with a 6-7 record in conference play but had yet to win a game on the road. With an NCAA tournament bid weighted heavily toward road wins, a victory away from Boulder would bolster the Buffaloes' chances of getting a bid.

'It was a game of pride for us,' Colorado senior forward Stephane Pelle said. 'No team in the top six had gone 0-7 on the road.'

The Buffaloes battled hard with the Bears, using their tough defense and physical presence to limit Baylor star sophomore forward Lawrence Roberts to only eight points and just one rebound in the first half. The Buffaloes took a 39-28 lead into halftime thanks to a 27-14 rebounding advantage and a 24-12 edge in points in the paint.

For the first time this year, Baylor sophomore guard John Lucas did not start the game due to team rule violations. He showed up for the game just minutes before tip-off.v

Head Coach Dave Bliss was not happy with the conduct of Lucas, calling it, 'tremendously irresponsible.'

Lucas finished with 12 points and three assists in 32 minutes of play. Lucas averages 14.3 points a game and 36.2 minutes a game.

Junior center R.T. Guinn led the Bears with 14 points on 50 percent shooting. Guinn struggled with the Buffalo defense and interior presence, nabbing only three rebounds and giving up three turnovers. All three of the turnovers came on passes that were within his reach.

'I thought that, although R.T. scored some points, he's got to put some bodies on some people,' Bliss said.

But the game was not without some fireworks.

The Bears cut the Buffaloes' lead to 45-44 after a 13-2 run that was led by the three pointers of Lucas, sophomore guard Kenny Taylor and junior guard Ellis Kidd.

The Buffaloes quickly answered by scoring 11 in a row including five points by junior guard Michel Morandais and four points from Pelle.

'With 14 minute left we were playing a one-point basketball game, but we didn't play that well from that point on,' Bliss said.

Colorado was led by the play of Morandais and Pelle who had a combined 45 points and 17 rebounds. Seven-foot sophomore center David Harrison also had nine points and four fouls in 20 minutes of play.

Harrison and Roberts battled throughout the entire game before foul trouble hampered the play of both. Roberts finished with 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out with 2:37 remaining.

Kidd also finished the game with nine points and three rebounds on 50 percent shooting from the three-point line. Junior guard Matt Sayman started for his sixth straight game but was held scoreless in 32 minutes of play.

The Buffaloes out-rebounded the Bears 50-28 and finished with a 46-14 point advantage.