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Lecomte returns as No. 21 Baylor tops Texas Southern 99-68

WACO, Texas (AP) Manu Lecomte's wrap on his injured left thumb will come off eventually, assuming it heals.

Baylor coach Scott Drew chuckled while wondering whether that was a good thing.

''Maybe we need to wrap his hand all the time,'' Drew said after Lecomte scored 22 points in his return after missing a game, helping the 21st-ranked Bears to a 99-68 victory over winless Texas Southern on Thursday night. ''He was really good tonight.''

With the wrap on his non-shooting thumb, the Bears point guard was 7 of 11 from the field, made all five free throws and had a game-high six assists in the 46th consecutive home win over an unranked nonconference opponent for the Bears (8-2).

It was their third straight win since losing to No. 3 Wichita State on the Waco campus. Baylor improved to 11-0 against Texas Southern as the teams met for the fourth straight year.

Nuni Omot matched Lecomte with 22 points in the first game since scoring a career-high 30, and Jo Lual-Acuil had 18 points and two blocks with his Sudanese parents watching. In town for his graduation Saturday, his mom and dad hadn't seen him in four years.

''I was nervous for the game, just because my mom has never seen me play,'' said Lual-Acuil, who was born in Sudan before moving to Uganda and Australia as a child. ''No words can really explain how I'm feeling, for when I did see them. It was definitely a special moment and a day I'll always remember.''

Trae Jefferson scored 24 points for the Tigers (0-10), who are playing every November and December game away from home for the third straight year.

This year, the schedule for former Indiana coach Mike Davis' Southwestern Athletic Conference team has included No. 12 Gonzaga and 13th-ranked Kansas along with Ohio State, Syracuse and Oregon.

''I think we lose money when we play home games,'' Davis said. ''I want our guys to get out and play on the road so we can get used to playing against real good competition. That's the only way to get better. It's worked for us the last three years.''

Lecomte, who missed a win over Randall when the Bears played at nearby Fort Hood for the third straight year, had a four-point play when he got fouled on a corner 3 to spark an 11-2 run for a 35-24 lead late in the first half.

The 5-foot-11 native of Belgium had another 3-pointer and five points in a 17-0 spurt for a 62-37 lead in the second half. Lecomte was 3 of 6 from long range.

BIG PICTURE

Texas Southern: It doesn't mean much for the Tigers to lose most or all of their nonconference games. They play a schedule that looks like something from Davis' days with the Hoosiers, and they haven't played at home in November or December since 2014. Texas Southern has still won at least 22 games twice in the previous three seasons and made the NCAA Tournament as SWAC tourney champion three of the past four years.

Baylor: The Bears' dominance showed up best in the shooting percentages for both teams. Baylor matched a season high at 66 percent to 41 percent for Texas Southern. The Bears were 10 of 18 from long range (57 percent). Since losing to the Shockers, Baylor has beaten three overmatched opponents by an average of 27 points.

OUTSIDE TO INSIDE

Omot did most of his damage inside after setting career highs for 3-pointers and attempts (6 of 8) against Randall, going 10 of 12 from the field and 2 of 3 from beyond the arc. He didn't shoot a free throw after two more career bests (12 of 17) in the Fort Hood game.

CLOSE CALLS

The Bears set the school record for shooting percentage for the second time this season - by two-hundredths of a percentage point (66.12 percent to 66.10 percent in a 107-66 win over Central Arkansas in the opener). They came up short on the other close call, missing by a point what would have been consecutive 100-point games for the first time since 1989. Baylor beat Randall 105-82.

UP NEXT

Texas Southern: At Wyoming on Saturday before a return to Texas to face TCU on Monday.

Baylor: Two more home games before start of Big 12: Savannah State on Sunday and Southern on Wednesday.

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Key Players
D. Clark
M. Lecomte
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
16.6 Pts. Per Game 16.6
2.8 Ast. Per Game 2.8
2.0 Reb. Per Game 2.0
37.8 Field Goal % 42.6
31.5 Three Point % 42.0
82.0 Free Throw % 95.2
+ 3 Brian Carey made 3-pt. jump shot 5.0
+ 3 Obim Okeke made 3-pt. jump shot 33.0
  Defensive rebound by Mark Vital 42.0
  Lamont Walker missed jump shot 44.0
  Lost ball turnover on Mark Vital, stolen by Lamont Walker 46.0
  Defensive rebound by Mark Vital 50.0
  Cainan McClelland missed 2nd of 2 free throws 50.0
+ 1 Cainan McClelland made 1st of 2 free throws 50.0
  Personal foul on Tristan Clark 50.0
  Offensive rebound by Cainan McClelland 50.0
  Demontrae Jefferson missed jump shot 51.0
Team Stats
Points 68 99
Field Goals 24-59 (40.7%) 41-62 (66.1%)
3-Pointers 7-19 (36.8%) 10-18 (55.6%)
Free Throws 13-17 (76.5%) 7-13 (53.8%)
Total Rebounds 28 32
Offensive 12 8
Defensive 13 21
Team 3 3
Assists 12 22
Steals 6 7
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 14 11
Fouls 15 16
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST
22 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo Texas Southern 0-10 323668
home team logo 21 Baylor 8-2 435699
Team Stats
away team logo Texas Southern 0-10 81.6 PPG 42.6 RPG 15.6 APG
home team logo 21 Baylor 8-2 71.8 PPG 40.6 RPG 13.9 APG
Key Players
00
D. Jefferson G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
N. Omot F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Jefferson G 24 PTS 2 REB 3 AST
N. Omot F 22 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
40.7 FG% 66.1
36.8 3PT FG% 55.6
76.5 FT% 53.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Jefferson 24 2 3 9/18 3/6 3/5 2 38 2 0 5 1 1
T. Reed 12 5 0 4/9 0/1 4/4 3 30 0 2 0 3 2
D. Clark 10 2 4 4/7 2/4 0/0 3 23 0 0 1 2 0
L. Walker 5 7 2 2/8 1/2 0/0 0 28 1 0 1 4 3
D. Bruce 0 1 2 0/5 0/1 0/0 0 19 1 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Jefferson 24 2 3 9/18 3/6 3/5 2 38 2 0 5 1 1
T. Reed 12 5 0 4/9 0/1 4/4 3 30 0 2 0 3 2
D. Clark 10 2 4 4/7 2/4 0/0 3 23 0 0 1 2 0
L. Walker 5 7 2 2/8 1/2 0/0 0 28 1 0 1 4 3
D. Bruce 0 1 2 0/5 0/1 0/0 0 19 1 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Carey 9 1 1 3/6 1/2 2/2 3 24 1 0 3 0 1
C. McClelland 3 2 0 0/1 0/1 3/4 0 11 0 0 0 1 1
R. Lewis 3 0 0 1/3 0/2 1/2 1 12 0 0 1 0 0
M. Salmon 2 5 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 15 1 0 2 1 4
K. Granger Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Lumpkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Scott - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Perry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 25 12 24/59 7/19 13/17 15 200 6 2 14 12 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Lecomte 22 2 6 7/11 3/6 5/5 3 31 3 0 1 0 2
N. Omot 22 2 4 10/12 2/3 0/0 0 27 2 1 0 0 2
J. Lual-Acuil Jr. 18 5 0 9/15 0/0 0/0 2 34 1 2 1 2 3
T. Clark 9 7 2 4/5 0/0 1/3 4 33 0 2 1 2 5
K. McClure 6 3 5 2/4 2/4 0/0 3 26 1 0 4 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Lecomte 22 2 6 7/11 3/6 5/5 3 31 3 0 1 0 2
N. Omot 22 2 4 10/12 2/3 0/0 0 27 2 1 0 0 2
J. Lual-Acuil Jr. 18 5 0 9/15 0/0 0/0 2 34 1 2 1 2 3
T. Clark 9 7 2 4/5 0/0 1/3 4 33 0 2 1 2 5
K. McClure 6 3 5 2/4 2/4 0/0 3 26 1 0 4 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Lindsey 9 0 1 4/5 1/2 0/1 0 18 0 1 1 0 0
M. Vital 5 7 3 2/3 0/0 1/4 0 18 0 0 3 1 6
J. Davis 3 0 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
O. Okeke 3 0 0 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
T. Jolly 2 3 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 4 0 0 0 2 1
T. Maston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 99 29 22 41/62 10/18 7/13 16 200 7 6 11 8 21