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Surprise doesn't ruin Bears' party

Sam Houston State's trick defense made Baylor work to earn breakthrough NCAA win

Updated: April 8, 2010, 1:38 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

NEW ORLEANS -- "Act like you've been here before," came a call from an antsy Baylor Bears fan midway through a bumbling first half of basketball.

It took a while, about 37 minutes, but Baylor finally acted the part of a No. 3 seed and pulled ahead of the upset-minded No. 14 Sam Houston State Bearkats. The Bears broke open a tie game with a flurry of steals and dunks in the final three minutes for a 68-59 first-round NCAA tournament South Region victory Thursday afternoon.

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