Johnathan Motley scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half to lead No. 20 Baylor to a 73-58 victory over No. 24 Michigan State on Thursday to reach the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game at Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. added 14 points and eight rebounds — nearly all in the second half — for the Bears (5-0). They sprinted out of the break with a 12-2 run and shot 55% in the second half.
Freshman Miles Bridges had 15 points for the Spartans (3-3). They shot 39% in the second half, going one of 10 on three-pointers.
In the other Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal, Donovan Mitchell made two three-pointers in the final 4 1/2 minutes...