Mens Basketball: Baylor 107, Central Arkansas 66 - D1SportsNet


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Baylor 107, Central Arkansas 66

Six Baylor players, including all five starters, scored in double figures as the 24th-ranked Bears cruised past Central Arkansas 107-66 on Friday afternoon in the season opener at the Ferrell Center.

Senior point guard Manu Lecomte paced Baylor with 22 points, forward Jo Lual-Acuil added 17, and guard King McClure and forward Tristan Clarke each had 15

Baylor senior forward Nuni Omot, who started for the first time at Baylor, scored 15 points with nine assists and forward Terry Maston had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Point guard Jodan Howard scored 22 points to lead Central Arkansas and guard Mathieu Kamba pitched in 12.

Baylor already had an 18-point edge early in the second half when it took complete control with a 19-6 run. McClure capped it with a 3-pointer to put Baylor ahead 76-45 with 13:23 remaining.

Baylor used a 14-0 run to open up and 15-point lead midway through the first half.

Clark hit a trio of jumpers during the run and Lecomte added a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer.

But Baylor's defense created the surge as it held Central Arkansas scoreless for 3:36. Central Arkansas went 0 of 4 from the field and 0 of 3 from the free-throw line during the drought and Baylor forced a pair of turnovers.

Lecomte led Baylor with 16 points in the first half as he hit 4 of 5 field goals, including all four 3-pointers he shot.

Central Arkansas shot just 39 percent from the field in the first half and it couldn't keep pace with Baylor's 63-percent clip. Baylor let 53-37 at the break.

NOTES: Baylor now has a 12-game winning streak in season openers. The Bears won their previous 11 season openers by an average of 29.1 points. Baylor also boosted its winning streak to 44 straight in nonconference home games. ... Central Arkansas opened the season against a ranked Power-5 conference opponent on the road for the second-straight season. The Bears lost to No. 9 Wisconsin 79-47 last year. .. Baylor and Central Arkansas were playing for the first time.