Watch: Baylor Fans Rush Field to Celebrate Historic NCAA Tournament Win

The coronavirus pandemic may have largely stripped fans of March Madness, but there was no dampening celebrations in Waco, Texas, after Baylor clinched its first men's NCAA Tournament title.

Baylor fans watched on a giant screen at McLane Stadium, the home of the Bears football team in Waco as the Bears defeated Gonzaga 86-70 in Indianapolis on Monday night.

As the game ended, fans who watched from the stands rushed onto the field to celebrate with supporters who had watched the game from the red zone.

On the same day as the Texas Rangers opened their 2021 home schedule in front of a packed house at Globe Field in Arlington, Texas, there was little social distancing observed on the field at McLane Stadium, although videos of the celebrations show several fans were wearing a mask.

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There was plenty to celebrate for Baylor fans as the Bears made history, winning the men's NCAA Tournament title for the first time and stopping Gonzaga's quest to become the first undefeated national champions since the Indiana Hoosiers in 1976 in its tracks. Gonzaga would also become the first undefeated national champions since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985

Arriving into the National Championship game on the back of a 27-2 record, Baylor took a 9-0 lead and never looked back, draining 10 of its 23 attempts from beyond the arc and holding Gonzaga's offense to its lowest point-tally of the season—the Bulldogs averaged a national-best 91.6 points going into the game.

Jared Butler top scored for Baylor with 22 points, while Macio Teague and Davion Mitchell added 19 and 15 points respectively as the Bears took a 10-point lead at halftime and controlled the game in the second half, stifling Gonzaga's offense—the Zags made five of their 17 attempts from beyond the arc, their lowest total throughout their six games at March Madness this season.

It marked the end of a remarkable run for Baylor, who won 23 games in a row last year and would have in all likelihood entered the NCAA Tournament as the top seed, had it not been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I know the guys have worked really hard. And I'm so happy they get a chance to celebrate now," Bears head coach Scott Drew said after the game, speaking to ESPN.

"At the same time, I feel for [Gonzaga] Coach [Mark] Few and his team because they're such class acts. And Coach Few is a Hall of Fame coach and an unbelievable guy. A better person than he is a coach. And you hate when friends aren't feeling good."

If there's any crumble of comfort to be found for Gonzaga, the bookmakers have the program as the favorite to win the men's national title next season. William Hill has the Bulldogs as an 11-2 favorite, followed by Baylor at 17-2.

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Scott Drew, head coach 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 5 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images