Behind a superb second half, Baylor defeated Jackson State 82-55. The Bears played Jackson State at what has now become an annual game on Fort Hood. The victory moves the Bears to 10-0 on the season.
Al Freeman led Baylor with 19 points. Freeman finished the night five of eight from three. Jo Lual-Acuil added 17 points and five blocks.
While Baylor dominated the second half, Jackson State pushed Baylor in the first half. The Tigers quickness helped contribute to Manu Lecomte picking up his second foul before the 16 minute timeout in the first half. Lecomte returned to the game, but picked up his third foul in the first half.
Jackson State also did well from the perimeter in the first half. Baylor often did a decent job contesting Jackson State’s attempts, but the Tigers found a way to make their early threes. Jackson State made five of their first ten attempts. The Tigers even led 24-21 with just over eight minutes left.
But Freeman’s shooting, and Lual-Acuil’s offensive rebounding helped the Bears regain the lead. Freeman started off three of four from three, and Lual-Acuil had two timely offensive rebounds on the way to a nine point half.
The Bears also found a way to control the boards in the second half. The Bears snagged 10 offensive rebounds in the second half, while they had just two in the first.
Baylor also got to the free throw line. Baylor’s aggression payed off in the second half, as they entered the bonus early in the half. The Bears finished the night 26 of 34 from the line.
Baylor’s defense also came to life. Baylor played predominantly man-to-man defense and held Jackson State to just 27.4% from the field. And after getting to the line in the first half, the Tigers finished with just 16 free throw attempts.
Baylor is one of just six remaining undefeated teams. The Bears play John Brown at 3:30 tomorrow at the Ferrell Center.