Slow Start Not Enough to Derail Baylor

By Jack Dooley
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Baylor Bears have had a tendency to start slowly against opponents all season, and Monday night’s matchup against Oral Roberts added another chapter to the narrative of the first half woes. It took Baylor nearly six minutes to get on the scoreboard, but it was only a matter of time before the Bears would blow Oral Roberts out of the water.

Baylor has one of the best frontcourts in all of College Basketball and has the ability to wear teams down. The three-headed monster for Baylor struck again Monday night. Cory Jefferson (17), Isaiah Austin (15) and Rico Gathers (10) combined for 42 points and 21 rebounds. Reserve Taureen Prince chipped in with 16 points of his own. Prince was the key player that got the Bears going after a horrendous start. His free throw at the 11-minute mark in the first half would tie the game at 11, and the Bears would never look back from that point forward.

Baylor is a tough team to get a firm handle on. Due to their continuous struggles in the first half, Baylor has had to dig themselves out of deep holes. Their lone loss to Syracuse Baylor finally ran out of second half luck. After a poor first half of shooting, Baylor was never able to pull even with Syracuse and lost the Maui Invitational.

Sooner or later, the Bears will have to play 40 minutes of consistent basketball, but until that time Baylor will have to rely on their front court to wear down their opponents to pull off come from behind victories.

Jack Dooley is a Big 12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JackDooleyOCS.

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