Acuil has 31 points, 20 rebounds in No. 21 Baylor's win

Jo-Lual Acuil had career highs with 31 points and 20 rebounds and No. 21 Baylor had a 21-0 first-half run to rout Savannah State 118-86 on Sunday.

The Bears (9-2) led by as many as 31 during a first half in which they shot 62 percent (21 of 34), including 53 percent from 3-point range (9 for 17). Savannah State had a 14-2 run in the second half to get back to 78-68 with 10:56 left before the Bears put it away.

Manu Lecomte added 25 points for Baylor, King McClure had 19, Nuni Omot 18, and Mark Vital 12.

Savannah State scored all but four of its 37 first-half points from beyond the arc. The Tigers (3-10) didn't attempt a two-point shot until 13:48 to go in the first half, and they missed their first five inside the arc before Ralueke Oriza's dunk with 7:54 left in the half.

They were a little more balanced in the second half and finished shooting 38 percent (30 for 79), but the vast majority of their attempts were from outside, where they finished 20 for 51 (39 percent).

Dexter McClananahan led Savannah State with 22 points, and Austin Dasent had 18.

BIG PICTURE

Savannah State: This is the fourth straight game and eighth time in 13 games Savannah State has given up 100-plus points. The Tigers had no answer for Baylor's size and athleticism inside. They were outscored in the paint 54-20 and outrebounded 58-26. Savannah State entered the game 18th in the nation with 271 free throw attempts, but received none in the first half and nine for the game.

Baylor: The Bears didn't want to get into a 3-point shooting contest with the Tigers, but they showed plenty of proficiency in that area. Their 14 made 3s was a season high, and they hit them at a 42 percent clip. Despite turning the ball over 18 times to only 10 for Savannah State, they had the advantage in points off turnovers, 19-15.

UP NEXT

Savannah State will play its fourth of a seven-game road swing against No. 16 Virginia on Tuesday.

Baylor closes nonconference play at home against Southern on Wednesday.

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