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No. 18 Baylor rallies past Dayton 67-66 in Maui thriller to reach title game against Syracuse

  • Baylor guard Brady Heslip (5) and his teammates guard Gary Franklin, center, and center Isaiah Austin, right,  celebrat their 67-66 win over Dayton in an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in Lahaina, Hawaii.  (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

    Baylor guard Brady Heslip (5) and his teammates guard Gary Franklin, center, and center Isaiah Austin, right, celebrat their 67-66 win over Dayton in an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Baylor forward Cory Jefferson, top center, shoots the game-winning shot as Dayton guards Jordan Sibert, bottom left, and Vee Sanford (43) look on in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in Lahaina, Hawaii. Baylor won 67-66.  (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

    Baylor forward Cory Jefferson, top center, shoots the game-winning shot as Dayton guards Jordan Sibert, bottom left, and Vee Sanford (43) look on in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in Lahaina, Hawaii. Baylor won 67-66. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Baylor center Isaiah Austin (21) looks for a teammate to pass off to while being defended by Dayton center Matt Kavanaugh (35) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

    Baylor center Isaiah Austin (21) looks for a teammate to pass off to while being defended by Dayton center Matt Kavanaugh (35) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)  (The Associated Press)

Cory Jefferson had a go-ahead putback with 16 seconds left and No. 18 Baylor rallied to beat Dayton 67-66 on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.

The Bears will play No. 8 Syracuse for the tournament championship Wednesday night.

After trailing nearly the entire game, Baylor (6-0) whittled away a 10-point deficit over the final 7 minutes. The Bears were down by one when Kenny Cherry missed a jumper off the front of the rim, but Jefferson was all alone for the rebound and his layup gave Baylor a 67-66 lead.

Vee Sanford missed a contested shot in close for Dayton with 2 seconds left, Devin Oliver's tip-in attempt bounced off the rim and Baylor grabbed the rebound as the final buzzer sounded and Gary Franklin dived onto the floor in celebration.

Royce O'Neale and Cherry had 13 points each for the Bears.