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Bears cruise against Southern to remain unbeaten

December 14, 2016

WACO, Texas — Despite taking the court for only the first time in over ten days, the No. 4-ranked Baylor men’s basketball looked crisp in most areas against the Southern Jaguars on Wednesday evening, coasting to a 89-59 victory to stay unbeaten on the season.

The Bears were led by junior forward Johnathan Motley’s 20 points and 10 rebounds, but a total of five Bears scored in double figures on the night and the team finished the game by hitting on a sizzling 57.1 percent from the field.

Senior Ish Wainright, juniors Joe Lual-Acuil and Al Freeman, and sophomore King McClure were the others Bears who reached double figures on the night.

Wainright chipped in a season high 14 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 steals, while Freeman and Acuil each chipped in 14 and 10. Acuil finished the evening with 7 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

McClure scored 10 points to lead the way for the Bears off the bench.

Point guard Manu Lecomte was the lone starter not to reach double figures for the Bears, but the junior was able to get the others involved, finishing with 8 assists to only one turnover on the evening.

In his first game of the season after sitting out the first semester, junior forward Nuni Omot scored 8 points. Sophomore Jake Lindsey matched Lecomte's 8 assist with 8 of his to go along with five points.

Baylor will face Jackson State (3-6) on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT at Fort Hood.

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Bears cruise against Southern to remain unbeaten

3,836 Views | 2 Replies | Last: 7 yr ago by Noghri
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It was a very weak opponent but someone said it best in the GDT thread last night, we did what you would expect a #4 team in the nation to do to a much lesser opponent.

And something that's kind of scary, we didn't even have Terry Maston last night. So we still have yet to see our entire team at full strength.

I am curious as to what that means for Omot's playing time. I'd assume he would play more SF because last night it looked like he played all his minutes at the 4.

I can only hope, selfishly, that Motley stays, because next year we only lose Wainwright (a big loss that is), and if we somehow pull a rabbit out of the hat and land Duval, then my god we are going to be ridiculous.

Motley has rapidly improved every year, and this year looks to be a surefire first round pick. But there are a few things he can improve which I think can vault him to a lottery lock for 2018.

-Post defense. Below average, but last night he looked really lost there.
-Jumpshot. As a 4 in the NBA, you HAVE to have a jumper. He has one, but we need to see far more out of that. If he can improve on that and show that his 3 point shot is going to improve, then he's a top 14 pick after his senior year imo.

I still think Taurean Prince is going to be a very solid role player in this league (think DeMarre Carroll), but I think Motley has potential of a very good starter somewhere.
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beginning of second half we missed quite a few easy shots.
Score could have been much worse.

Team took care of business and no injuries (Jo scared me for a sec though)
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