ACU Men keep it close for a while against Baylor, before watching Bears pull away

WACO, Texas - Baylor outscored ACU 31-7 over the final 10 minutes of the first half Thursday as the 18th-ranked Bears topped the Wildcats, 103-75, in a men's basketball exhibition game at the Ferrell Center.

The 18th-ranked Bears, who lost to eventual national champion Kentucky last year in the South Region Final, found themselves in a 25-25 tie with the Wildcats with 10:35 left in the first half before reeling off the huge run to take a commanding 56-32 lead at halftime.

The Wildcats never got closer than 22 points in the second half as the Bears topped the Wildcats in an exhibition game for the second straight season.

Baylor shooting guard Brady Heslip – who buried nine 3-pointers last year in an 80-63 win over Colorado in the NCAA Tournament – came out on fire, hitting his first five 3-pointers and finished 6 of 8 from behind the arc to lead all scorers with 18 points.

ACU, which only has one player taller than 6-5, was out-rebounded by the Bears, 42-24, and the Bears shot 65 percent from the floor (38 of 65).

The Wildcats were led by senior center Steven Werner, who had 15 points on 3 of 5 shooting from the field and 9 of 11 from the free throw line.  Senior guards Elliott Lloyd and Eric Lawton each finished with 12 points.  Freshman guard Parker Wentz finished with 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting (2 of 4 from 3-point range).

Transfer forward Cornelius Cammock finished with eight points, while freshman swingman Tyler Rogers had seven points.

"We'll get back on the practice floor, and we'll get better," ACU head coach Joe Golding said.  "We've got until Nov. 10 to get everything worked out, but we'll be fine.  I like this team.  I like the chemistry and the way they work together.

"Steven played a lot better in the second half, but we've got to get him in shape," Golding said.  "Our freshmen played well, and I thought our guards did some good things.  We're going to be fine; we just need to get back to work."

The Wildcats will open the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Dallas when they take on Dallas Baptist.

Information for this story provided by ACU Sports Information.

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