The Northwestern State men's basketball team knew it had a tall task on its hands Saturday afternoon against No. 9 Baylor. Playing without two of its tallest players and facing a long, athletic Bear front court, the Demons struggled to find much offensive traction, falling 91-40 inside the Ferrell Center. “They have those guys that, no matter how well we play defense, can make shots,” first-year head coach Rick Cabrera said. The Demons' first matchup against an Associated Press top 10 since facing then-No. 1 Baylor on Dec. 28, 2021, saw NSU flip its recent offensive output, putting together a more efficient second half than a stronger opening 20 minutes.