With the loss, the 'Cats fell to 2-4 in the conference and 8-9 overall and fell below .500 for the first time since Nov. 23.
Avila improved to 3-12 and 1-5 in the HAAC and ended a seven game losing streak for its first win since Dec. 17.
Despite the loss, the Wildcats put up its second most points as a team of the season, and the most since they dropped 91 in a loss to University of St. Mary back on Nov. 8.
The Wildcat offense was stellar on the night with five double-digit scorers, as Javeion Gray had a team high 18, Tyrome Parker had 17, Connor McDaniel had 13 and EJ Carter and Jauan Wilson each scored 11.
Baker went to the free-throw line 44 times on the night shooting, 29-of-44, for a 65.9-percentage but allowed four Eagles to score in double figures and gave up 12 three-point field goals.
The 'Cats also turned the ball over 19 times and trailed by as many as 22 points, down 70-48 with 10:40 to go.
But the Wildcats stormed back and cut the lead to two points, 76-74, with 3:38 left in the game, but that's as far as they would cut the deficit and went home with a five-point defeat.
Baker will next take on No. 5 ranked Evangel this Saturday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. inside the Collins Center.