King McClure to Jo Lual-Acuil. These men should represent Texas in the Senate: pic.twitter.com/2UzG1QUjuH— Kendall (@kkaut) December 15, 2017
After seeing his parents for the first time in four years (they came to the United States for his graduation), Jo Lual-Acuil put on quite a show. He finished with 18 points and two blocks, as Baylor defeated Texas Southern 99-68. The Bears are 8-2.
Texas Southern hasn’t won a game this season, but early, they showed that their schedule is the biggest reason for that. Texas Southern worked Baylor’s zone and gathered easy lob opportunities. The Bears’ offense did well all night, and when Texas Southern had an early run, Baylor answered.
The night Tristan Clark became a sophomore: pic.twitter.com/hDkjmb21an— Kendall (@kkaut) December 15, 2017
Eventually, Baylor picked up a few stops and made a run. Nuni Omot, coming off a career high in points against Randall, was aggressive. He opened the game with an alley-oop and shot 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. He finished with 22 points.
Back-to-back 20-point games for @NuniOmot21!— Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB) December 15, 2017
Baylor 68, Texas Southern 43 | 2H - 11:17#SicTSU pic.twitter.com/yoZT5jzxz3
Manu Lecomte was also great. He orchestrated one of Baylor’s most efficient halves this season, and finished with 23 points on 4-of-7 shooting from deep.
The Bears pulled away in the second half. Baylor went on a 10-0 run to extend the lead to 55-37 at the under 16 minute timeout in the first half. The Bears were very good tonight. They’ll beat plenty of the best teams in the country if they shoot 10-of-18 from 3-point land, including makes from both walk-ons.
Baylor has two more tune up games before Big 12 play opens at the end of the month. The Bears will take on Savannah State at 2:00 on Sunday. That should be another easy victory for a Baylor team that looks healthier and better than they did just a few weeks ago.