NEW YORK _ The Baylor Bears are halfway towards reaching the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament.
With Curtis Jerrells pouring in 19 points, the Bears lead San Diego State at the half, 35-34, Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Jerrells is 6-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point range.
The only shot Jerrells missed was a long desperation three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer. Jerrells also is 4-of-8 from the free throw line.
Baylor used a 10-0 run to assume a 30-21 lead with 4:44 left before halftime. Three-point field goals by LaceDarius Dunn, and Dunn, and a pair of baskets from Kevin Rogers and Jerrells fueled the rally.
A three-point field goal by D.J. Gay gave the Aztec a brief 34-33 lead before Jerrells closed the first-half scoring with a pair of free throws.
In the first half, Jerrells now has 1,800 carrer points, while Dunn scored nine points and now has 1,003 points during his two-year career at Baylor.
_ Dwain Price