Originally written April 03, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Pierre Jackson had his fourth straight double-double with 17 points and 10 assists to lead Baylor to the first National Invitation Tournament title in school history with a 74-54 win over Iowa on Thursday night. Cory Jefferson scored 23 points and Isaiah Austin had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Bears (23-14), who reached the tournament final five years ago, but never had won it before. Mike Gesell led Iowa (25-13) with 13 points and Aaron White had 12. Hawkeyes start Devyn Marble was held to six points. Baylor reached the title game with a disjointed, but ultimately winning, effort against BYU in Tuesday night's semifinal. The Bears looked much more complete on Thursday night. Jefferson threw down two rattling dunks in the first eight minutes of the half as the Bears slowly pulled away. From Eric May's layup two and a half minutes into the half until Jackson made a 3-pointer with 13:5 1 to play, the Bears went on a 14-4 run. Jackson made a 3-pointer with 10 and a ...
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