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Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 03/18/2012

Baylor vs. Colorado: Brady Heslip shoots Bears into Sweet 16

Brady Heslip sure looked like he was enjoying himself Saturday night at The Pit. The Ontario native, who started his career at Boston College before transferring without playing a game, was on fire for third-seeded Baylor, helping the Bears secure a spot in the Sweet 16.

Heslip made 9 of 12 three-point attempts and finished with a career-high 27 points as Baylor eliminated former Big 12 foe Colorado, 80-63, in a South Region game in Albuquerque, that was much closer than the final score indicates.

Baylor, despite its day-glow yellow uniforms, advanced to play 10th-seeded Xavier or 15th-seeded Lehigh in the region semifinals on Friday in Atlanta.

For a time, it appeared the Bears (29-7) might be in trouble. Colorado freshman guard Askia Booker converted a three-point play then made a step-back three-pointer from the right wing to tie it 49-49 with 13 1 / 2 minutes left. Carlon Brown’s acrobatic putback one minute later gave the Buffaloes a 53-51 lead, their first advantage since 7-6 in the early going.

All of a sudden, Colorado, which moved to the Pacific-12 for this school year and was picked before the season to finish next-to-last in its new league, looked like it might pull the upset.

Heslip had made six three-pointers in the first half, but missed his only attempt in the first eight minutes of the second half.

However, the moppy-haired Canadian soon regained his shooting touch, his first long-range shot tying the score at 54-54. Booker answered with a long three-pointer, but Baylor then went on a 21-3 run that included two more three-pointers from Heslip.

Guard Pierre Jackson added 15 points for Baylor, while Booker led Colorado (24-12) with 15 points.

Box score: Baylor 80, Colorado 63

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