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Baylor dominates on D in 78-59 Final Four win over Houston

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Baylor has its defensive mojo back. Play like this one more time and the Bears could be national champions for the first time.

Baylor shut down Houston in a suffocating first half and cruised into its first national championship game since 1948, throttling the Cougars 78-59 Saturday night.

Baylor (27-2) made a mockery of the first Final Four game of night, using an 18-3 run to build a 25-point halftime lead. The Bears had five players score in double figures and made 11 3-pointers to earn a spot in Monday's championship game against Gonzaga or UCLA.