College Sports: Baylor rallies to avoid upset loss to Florida Gulf … – Dallas News (blog)
Here are five takeaways from Baylor’s 81-72 win over Florida Gulf Coast.
1. Let-down game. Baylor simply did not play this game with the same energy as it did against No. 4 Oregon on Tuesday. To some degree that is to be expected, but this was supposed to be an easy win for Baylor before facing VCU. Sure, Baylor pulled the victory from the jaws of defeat in the second half, but the Eagles burned Baylor repeatedly from beyond the 3-point arch with 52.6 shooting from that range and Baylor made 11 unforced turnovers that kept the Eagles in the game far longer than necessary.
2. Cold shooting. On the flip side of the coin, the Bears struggled mightily with their shots, hitting 3-pointers at a 23.5 percent clip. No one outside of Manu Lecomte and Al Freeman — who combined for 37 points — could manage to make a 3-pointer, making Baylor’s offense predictable and easier to adjust to for Florida Gulf Coast.
3. Jo Lual-Acuil — still a beast. After his breakout, seven-block game against Oregon, Lual-Acuil Jr. again made his case for best shot blocker in the college game with a five-swat effort against FGCU. He was just as good on the offensive end, making all five of his shots and scoring 12 points. Baylor has a good roster, but its Lual-Acuil who could be key to the Bears’ success this season.
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