Daily Bears Report 03.28.2013

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The Heat may have lost last night, but the Bears didn't, advancing to the semifinal round of the NIT with a 79-68 win over Providence. Though the lead changed hands several times, Baylor pulled away in the final minutes, prompting chants of "NYC" from the modest crowd. Pierre Jackson had 20 points and 13 assists, while Cory Jefferson had 26 points and Rico Gathers had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Tuesday's game will be a rematch against BYU, who the Bears defeated by 15 early in the regular season.

Baylor Baseball opens an 11-game homestand today, starting a three game series against Kansas State this evening at 6:35 PM. The Bears come into this series 11-14 on the series, and 1-1 in Big 12 play, and will hand the ball to junior RHP Dillon Newman, the team's "ace" and weekend starter.

Baylor women's tennis dropped their first Big 12 match yesterday, losing to TCU 4-2. 10th-ranked Ema Burgic won her sixth match in a row, moving to 14-5 in dual match play, while Kiah Generette added the Lady Bears' only other point, defeating TCU's Millie Nichols. The Lady Bears face former conference foe Texas A&M next Wednesday in Waco.

22nd-ranked Baylor men's tennis will host no. 34 Memphis today at 6:00 PM before heading to Texas Tech to start Big 12 play. The Bears are 10-2 in Waco, 13-4 overall, and have won three consecutive matches coming into today.

Baylor Track and Field heads to Austin this weekend for the 86th-annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, hosted by the University of Texas. The Bears won 19 events in last week's Baylor Quad Invitational, including the triple jump, where freshman Felix Obi set a new school record. Sophomore Raena Rhone currently has the second fastest time in the country in the 400 meters, at 53.42.

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