WACO, Texas — No. 4 Oregon is trailing, 33-23, to the host Baylor Bears on Tuesday afternoon from the Ferrell Center. Baylor’s transfer, Manu Lecomte, is leading all scorers with his 13 first-half points.
Dana Altman made no changes to his starting five. Casey Benson, Tyler Dorsey, Dylan Ennis, Chris Boucher and Jordan Bell drew the start once again.
A report circulated Tuesday that Dillon Brooks could return to action for the Maui Invitational against Georgetown on Monday. That would give the team an enormous lift heading into a tough tournament in Hawaii.
Six straight missed 3’s by the Ducks led to Baylor’s biggest lead of the half, 25-14. The Bears’ 10-0 run was buoyed by Baylor transfer, Lecomte. The former Miami product scored 11 points in the first 11 minutes on Tuesday.
Ennis, Oregon’s transfer from Villanova, cut the deficit in half after nine consecutive points. Ennis is leading the way for Oregon with 11 points at halftime.
The Oregon career leader in blocks, Bell, continued his dominant interior presence in Texas. He sent back four Baylor shots in the first half. Bell added seven boards (two on offensive glass), two steals, one assist and two total points.
In 60 total minutes of work, Jordan Bell already has registered 10 blocked shots in 2016.
Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. has dominated the post for Baylor. In the first half alone, the Bear big man has 11 rebounds (four on offensive glass).
Oregon has their work cut out for them in the second half from big Texas.
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