Playing in front of his parents for the second time this week, Jo Lual-Acuil piced up 31 points and 20 rebounds as Baylor (9-2) defeated Savannah State (3-10) 118-86.
The Bears eviscerated Savannah State in the first half, which led to a 30 point Baylor lead at one point. Nuni Omot started 3-of-4 from the perimeter. Lecomte had no problem firing deep shots and he finished with 25 points on 7-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc. Baylor’s size and speed advantage gave them a 61-37 halftime lead.
Savannah State handled Baylor well to start the second half. The Tigers started the half on a 31-17 run. They got open from the perimeter, and Baylor’s offense was not focused. Maybe the Bears weren’t very focused playing a sub 300 KenPom team. But their effort needs to be a lot better when they roll into Lubbock on December 29th.
The Bears are much better than the Tigers though, and they pulled away again. Still, Baylor’s 3-point defense was not good. Savannah State took 50 threes. They got lucky making as many as they did 19. But the Bears can’t leave shooters open in Big 12 play.
Baylor plays Southern at 7:00 on Wednesday in the Ferrell Center.