The Associated Press
ATLANTA -- Baylor’s Quincy Acy scored the first basket of the game and the Bears were off and running.
The 6-foot-7 senior had a double-double and the Bears never trailed as they advanced to their second regional final in three years with a 75-70 victory over Xavier on Friday night.
Baylor will face the Kentucky-Indiana winner in Sunday’s South Regional final.
Acy had 20 points and 15 rebounds. He sank two free throws with 31 seconds remaining after Xavier cut the Bears’ lead to six points.
Baylor coach Scott Drew said it never gets old watching Acy play.
"Baylor fans have been blessed, the nation’s been blessed, and he is a better person than a player," Drew said.
Baylor, wearing bright neon-green uniforms, led by 18 points less than 8 minutes into the game.
Xavier played from behind all night, but never quit. The Musketeers cut the lead to just three, 71-68, with 22 seconds remaining.
Pierre Jackson had 16 and Perry Jones III had 14 for the Bears (30-7).
Tu Holloway led Xavier with 22 points.
Xavier was hurt by poor shooting, especially from beyond the arc. The Musketeers were 0 for 11 on 3-pointers before Justin Martin ended the drought with 2 minutes remaining. He added another 3 40 seconds later, and Holloway’s 3 with 22 seconds remaining cut the lead the 71-68.