Baylor solved Syracuse’s vaunted zone with the long ball.
Makai Mason scored 22 points and Baylor set a school NCAA Tournament record with 16 3-pointers in a 78-69 victory over Syracuse 78-69 in the West Region.
The ninth-seeded Bears (20-13) found gaps in Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, mostly by getting the ball into the high post or driving and kicking out. Baylor nearly matched the school tournament record of 11 3-pointers in the first half (10) and made 16 of 34 overall.
Baylor shot 54 percent and slowed Syracuse’s own 3-point barrage in the second half to earn a shot at top-seeded Gonzaga on Saturday.
Mason and Jared Butler (14 points) each hit four 3-pointers.
No. 8 seed Syracuse (20-14) matched the Bears nearly 3-for-3 in a stellar first half before bogging down in the second.