Brady Heslip didn't set any 3-point shooting records against Colorado on Saturday night, but that didn't matter. His nine 3-pointers, including six in the first half, helped the Bears beat a Colorado team that seemingly had defensive answers for everyone except Baylor's 3-point specialist.
Heslip, a transfer from Boston College, missed the NCAA tournament record of 11 3-pointers set by Jeff Fryer of Loyola Marymount in 1990 and finished one short of Baylor's school mark. But when the Bears needed a big shot to shake a pesky Colorado team that hung around until the final five minutes of the game, Heslip was there to answer.
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"Brady was obviously on fire, but his teammates did a great job getting him the ball," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "Brady's one of the first to tell you 'my teammates really got me open and got me the ball.' That humility is what makes our team successful."
It was Heslip's two 3-pointers late in the second half that helped spur a 14-0 run that eventually helped the Bears to an 80-63 win and a Sweet 16 berth. Prior to that, Colorado continued to storm back from deficits as the two teams alternated leads throughout most of the second half.
Heslip finished 9 of 12 from 3-point range.
"Pierre [Jackson] does a great job finding me when I'm open and finding me in transition," Heslip said. "[Quincy] Acy sets great screens and it was just one of those nights."
Heslip is so on point from 3-point range that his teammates call him straps. Yeah, I'll let them explain.
"Strap the scene," Jackson said. "That's what we say when you make threes, and Brady strapped the scene tonight."
Heslip also was a trending topic on Twitter.
"That's a big deal to have a lot of people talking about you," Acy said. "I guess that's good in a positive way. You don't want to be trending for anything bad, so good job. Follow us on Twitter too, guys."
Heslip has been hot from beyond the arc so far during the NCAA tournament. Against South Dakota State on Thursday, he made 5 of 10 attempts. His previous high of the season was six at BYU back in December.
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"It's an amazing feeling right now," he said.
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