No. 20 Baylor holds off VCU 71-63 in Battle 4 Atlantis

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016, file photo, Baylor head coach Scott Drew instructs his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas, in Waco, Texas. Drews No. 20 Bears are one of three ranked teams competing in this weeks Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Al Freeman scored 15 points and came up with three baskets during a critical second-half sequence to help No. 20 Baylor beat VCU 71-63 on Wednesday in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Jonathan Motley scored a team-high 19 points before fouling out for the Bears (4-0). In addition, Manu Lecomte shook off a rough shooting game to finish with 16 points, including a hanging layup while being knocked to the ground for a three-point play to go with several key free throws in the final minute.

JeQuan Lewis had 21 points for the Rams (3-1), who went without a basket for roughly 6 1/2 minutes during the second half.

VCU used a late-half burst to lead 36-28 at the break and shot 58 percent in the opening half, but it cooled in the second half as the Bears' defense tightened.

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