Whoa, that was a little too close for comfort. The Baylor Bears moved to 4-0 on the young season after taking on Big South opponent Charleston Southern in Waco, Texas on Wednesday night.
The play of the Baylor big men is what allowed them to put this one in the win column.
Senior forward Cory Jefferson had 16 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. Sophomore pro prospect Isaiah Austin had 16 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
Coming off the bench, senior guard Brady Heslip scored 11 points.
Frankly, everyone else on the court for Baylor would like to forget about this game.
The No. 20 Bears allowed 12 Buccaneers three-point shots to fall. They shot 46.2 percent from three-point range on the game. In order to combat that percentage, I would have liked to see more of an emphasis on man-to-man matchups, rather than resorting to the 2-3 zone, as the zone allows for open shots with good ball movement.
The Bears had 14 assists and 13 turnovers. Playing against an opponent like Charleston Southern, these numbers should have been around 20 and 10. Solid ball movement seemed to be lacking for Baylor, and those numbers back up that point.
In order for this team to be dangerous, Jefferson and Austin need to play tough minutes down low all season. With their combination of strength and length, they will be a tough matchup for any team. Heslip, who came into this game averaging 16.3 points per game, will be a threat to score from long-range, and will allow the Bears to play an inside-out game.
Let’s see if Baylor can shake this scare off next game, when they square off against Chaminade in the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Monday.