Baylor basketball nets Drew's 300th win

Posted at 12:17 AM, Nov 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-18 01:17:13-05

Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. had 16 points and 12 rebounds as No. 25 Baylor beat Alcorn State 78-61 on Friday night, giving coach Scott Drew his 300th career victory.

Manu Lecomte had 17 points for the Bears, who are 3-0 for the 10th time in 11 seasons. King McClure had 13 points and freshman Tristan Clark had 12 points and nine rebounds.

After winning 20 games in his only season as head coach at Valparaiso, Drew took over a decimated Baylor program in 2003 and has led the Bears to five NCAA Tournament appearances in the past six years. Now in his 15th season at Baylor, Drew's teams have won 20 games nine times and finished 2011-12 with a 30-8 record, losing to eventual national champion Kentucky, 80-72 in the Elite Eight.

Drew has a career record of 300-191.

Lual-Acuil scored the game's first two baskets and Baylor never trailed. They led 18-6 early, and were already out in front 42-21 late in the first half.

Reginal Johnson, the SWAC preseason player of the year, scored 14 points for Alcorn (0-4). Dante Stewart added 12 points.

Baylor outrebounded Alcorn State 49-27. The Bears dominated inside, outscoring the Braves 40-24 in the paint.

The Bears are 54-0 all-time vs. SWAC opponents.


Alcorn State: The Braves have had a rough start to the season, losing their first four games, all on the road, by an average of 30 points. The Braves don't play at home until Wednesday, when they host Yale.

Baylor: The Bears haven't faced a real challenge through the first three games of the season, winning all three by an average of 27 points. That should change next week when the Bears face Wisconsin.


Alcorn State didn't shoot its first free throw until there was 6:08 left in the game, and Johnson missed that shot. The Braves finished the game 2-of-4 from the line. Baylor was 18-of-24 on its free throw attempts.


Alcorn State plays the last of five consecutive road games to start the season, Sunday at Central Arkansas.

Baylor hits the road for the first time. The Bears play Wisconsin in the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.