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Baylor vs. Gonzaga: Score, Celebration Highlights from 2021 NCAA Championship

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVApril 6, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - APRIL 05: MaCio Teague #31 of the Baylor Bears holds up the trophy after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs 86-70 in the National Championship game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 05, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Well, that was a bit anticlimactic.

The three games in the NCAA women's Final Four were decided by 12 combined points, while Jalen Suggs hit a buzzer-beater to push Gonzaga past UCLA in the men's semifinals. Monday night had little in the way of drama.

Baylor took control early and continued to dominate in the men's national championship, rolling past the Zags 86-70.

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"Scott Drew's dream comes true." pic.twitter.com/98wU5CpI2A

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Baylor left NO DOUBT πŸ†@BaylorMBB #NationalChampionship pic.twitter.com/wvQWvvG4uA

Jared Butler (22 points), MaCio Teague (19 points) and Davion Mitchell (15 points) all scored in double figures, while Mark Vital's 11 rebounds helped the Bears claim a 38-22 edge on the boards.

Butler was honored as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

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Jared Butler wins Most Outstanding Player πŸ”₯<br><br>22 PTS <br>7 AST<br><br>Well deserved. pic.twitter.com/mFfSRoLudQ

The NCAA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols meant Baylor couldn't celebrate in the manner champions usually do. But that did little to dampen the Bears' enthusiasm as they basked in the program's first title.

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"Our fans that have been with us for the lean years, the good years... they all deserve this, the city of Waco deserves this. Hey Texas, we got a national championship too! The state deserves this!"<br><br>The rebound and rebuild is complete and @BaylorMBB HC Scott Drew reacts. pic.twitter.com/HYrAT0XkTc

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The family of head coach Scott Drew was emotional while watching from the stands at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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Scott Drew’s wife and kids. His wife, Kelly, with tears flowing down her face under her mask. pic.twitter.com/AVL3HEjhiD

Baylor won 21 games in Drew's first three seasons as it dealt with the fallout from the scandal surrounding his predecessor, Dave Bliss.

Drew steadily built the Bears up, getting them to the Elite Eight in 2010 and 2012. Monday represents his crowning achievement, and it probably won't be the last time the team is in the Final Four.