WACO, Texas -- Azusa Pacific raced out to a halftime lead of nearly four points over Baylor in Tuesday night’s acrobatics & tumbling dual meet, but the Cougars couldn’t hang on in the second half as the host Bears edged in front in the team event for a narrow one-point victory. Baylor’s 266.84 was just 1.09 points ahead of Azusa Pacific’s final tally of 265.75 points, sending the Cougars to their second consecutive defeat to start the 2013 season.
The only event Azusa Pacific improved on from its Feb. 7 season-opening defeat to Oregon was in the team event, but the Cougars suffered a 3.45-point drop midway through the second half with the six-heat tumbling event. In the opener, Azusa Pacific registered 55.90 points in tumbling, but Tuesday night the Cougars were scored at 52.45.
In the meantime, Baylor posted a 55.75 tumbling score to pull into a virtual tie heading into the final event of the meet, the team event. The Cougar lead heading into the team event was just one-tenth of a point, and Baylor’s 95.29 team score was enough to push ahead of Azusa Pacific, which registered a 94.10 in the team event.
The Cougars controlled all three of the first-half events, posting its biggest advantage in the acro event. That accounted for 2.8 points of the 3.8-point halftime margin, with Azusa Pacific scoring 26.50 points to Baylor’s 23.70. Despite the large first-half lead, the Cougars still scored 3.30 points lower in the first half Tuesday than they did against Oregon in the season opener.
The loss drops Azusa Pacific to 0-2 overall, while Baylor’s home-opening win gives the Bears a 1-1 season record. The Cougars return to action March 13 to host a triangular meet with Fairmont State and Qunnipiac. Baylor returns to Azusa Pacific April 11 to close out the regular season for both teams.
Azusa Pacific: 36.90
Azusa Pacific: 26.50
Azusa Pacific: 28.60
Azusa Pacific: 92.00
Azusa Pacific: 27.20
Azusa Pacific: 52.45
Azusa Pacific: 94.10
Azusa Pacific: 265.75