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Scheyer getting hot at right time for Duke

HOUSTON - Jon Scheyer let the three-pointer fly right in front of Duke's bench, and Blue Devils from coach Mike Krzyzewski on down followed its arc and held their collective breath.

The shot fell, his teammates roared and Duke's offense was rolling again.

Duke's leading scorer missed 17 of his previous 18 shots before sinking that three early in the second half of Duke's 70-57 win over Purdue in the South Regional semifinals Friday night.

The top-seeded Blue Devils (32-5) hit 12 of 22 shots after Scheyer's three and will play third-seeded Baylor (28-7) in today's regional final.

"A lot of the burden is on my shoulders to hit open shots," Scheyer said. "For me, that one just got us rolling. That was a big momentum swing, I think."

The 6-5 Scheyer said Duke is "on a mission" to add another championship to the school's storied tradition. His shooting in the second half against the Boilermakers helped Duke get one step closer.

Scheyer finished with 18 points against Purdue to help his team move within one victory of its 11th Final Four under Krzyzewski.

"You want to uphold the standard," Scheyer said. "I know a lot of the guys who've played before me, and they've done some unbelievable things. Of course, you want to be able to graduate and say you did those same things and be able to talk about them with them."

Baylor wants to talk about their run years from now, too. Coach Scott Drew envisioned building an elite program when he arrived at Baylor nearly seven years ago. One of the examples he has always looked to is Duke, like Baylor a small private school known for academic excellence.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says Drew has done a really good job of figuring out Baylor's niche and says the Bears are talented enough to win the NCAA Tournament.

Baylor hasn't been to the Final Four since 1950 - when there were eight teams in the field.

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