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Baylor Bears forward Cory Jefferson (34) battles for a loose ball with West Virginia Mountaineers guard Terry Henderson (15) and guard Eron Harris (10) during the first half at The Ferrell Center.

 

WACO, Texas — West Virginia closed out a 66-64 win inside the very-green Ferrell Center, where the Baylor Bears lost their fifth straight and the West Virginia Mountaineers earned a dramatic split on their two-game road trip.

The home-crowd advantage was marginal, with seemingly less than 2,000 people in the building at tipoff. The final attendance figure showed 5,529, which didn’t account for no-shows. The Baylor bandwagon has gotten scarce for a team that was ranked No. 7 in the AP poll three short weeks ago.

A recap of the game’s updates:

WEST VIRGINIA 66, BAYLOR 64 (FINAL)
Juwan Staten leads WVU (12-9, 4-4 Big 12) with 15 points and nine assists and commits only one turnover in 40 minutes. Remi Dibo pours in 13 points, Erin Harris adds 12 on 4-of-14 shooting and Terry Henderson chips in 11 on 4-of-9 shooting. WVU shoots 40 percent to Baylor’s 45 percent and Bears own the boards 37-37, but West Virginia held 18-0 edge in points off turnovers. Baylor (13-7, 1-6) was led by Brady Heslips 13 points, Kenny Chery’s 10 and Rico Gathers’ 12-rebound, eight-point effort. Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson finished with a mere six points each.
WEST VIRGINIA 66, BAYLOR 64 (FINAL)
Kenny Chery heaves a 25-foot prayer while running along the sideline, and it BANKS IN! But he launched it after the horn sounded, as replays verified. … WVU gets a much-needed split on the two-game road swing and wins its first game as a road underdog in seemingky forever.
WEST VIRGINIA 66, BAYLOR 64 (0:03 second half)
Staten clanged two free throws with 56 seconds left (falling to 1-of-6 at the line), and Baylor counters with Rico Gathers making 1-of-2 to tie it at 64-all. WVU plays for one, so Staten holds it, and holds it, and holds it, and then DRIVE-BY!—he zips toward the basket and hits reverse layup with 3.1 seconds left.
WEST VIRGINIA 64, BAYLOR 60 (2:35 second half)
Baylor turnover No. 16 zips out of bounds at roughly 125 mph as Prince misfires over the head of Heslip. West Virginia, which has only six turnovers, has the ball and a two-possession lead.
WEST VIRGINIA 64, BAYLOR 58 (3:23 second half)
Time’s winding down and West Virginia has a real shot to pull the upset and prolong Baylor’s misery. The rebounding margin has been moderated somewhat with Baylor leading 33-26, but Noreen just recorded his fifth foul, joining Watkins on the DQ’d list.
WEST VIRGINIA 62, BAYLOR 56 (5:49 second half)
A 3-pointer by Dibo helps WVU match its largest lead at 60-53. After Chery matches with a 3 for Baylor, Dibo sinks a step-back jumper from just inside the 3-point line. Dibo now has a team-high 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
WEST VIRGINIA 55, BAYLOR 51 (7:51 second half)
With 9:18 remaining, Brandon Watkins just picked up his fifth foul, bumping Austin. He leaves with four points, three rebounds and two blocks, and is replaced by Noreen who also has four. … Staten makes a crucial basket by beating Franklin on a drive for an and-1.
WEST VIRGINIA 52, BAYLOR 50 (10:16 second half)
Out of a WVU timeout, Henderson snaps the Baylor run with a 3-pointer from the left wing. He’s 3-of-5 from deep after failing to make a 3-pointer in Stillwater on Saturday. His 11 points lead the Mountaineers.
WEST VIRGINIA 47, BAYLOR 47 (12:15 second half)
The Bears are on a 7-0 run and two WVU forwards—Brandon Watkins and Kevin Noreen have picked up their fourth fouls. Baylor owns a 27-14 edge on the glass that could really balloon if Watkins fouls out. For now, Huggins is going to risk a fifth by keeping Watkins on the court, in lieu of Devin Williams.
WEST VIRGINIA 47, BAYLOR 40 (15:35 second half)
Rico Gathers’ power-slam ignites the crowd, but Austin missed a potential tying 3 on the next possession and West Virginia answered with back-to-back layups in transition to rebuild lead. Scott Drew wound up using a timeout even though the regularly scheduled media break was due up at he next deadball. … Gathers is using his strength to the max underneath, with 10 rebounds so far.
WEST VIRGINIA 45, BAYLOR 38 (halftime)
Staten, Dibo and Henderson lead WVU with eight points each, while Baylor’s being paced by Prince and Heslip with seven each. Austin has five points, while Rico Gathers has eight boards. Staten has six assists.
WEST VIRGINIA 36, BAYLOR 33 (halftime)
Staten’s driving layup gives WVU a seven-point lead, but then came a couple mishaps on the defensive end. First, Kevin Noreen tripped Gary Franklin along the baseline, when Franklin was too deep under the basket to shoot. After Franklin makes the first free throw, Huggins yells to Dibo: “Remi, will you block out?” Then Baylor’s Prince climbs over Dibo on missed free throw and kicks it out for an Isaiah Austin 3. Huggs glares.
WEST VIRGINIA 27, BAYLOR 26 (3:18 first half)
The Mountaineers twice led by five—three days in Waco have agreed with Remi Dibo’s jumpshot—but Baylor’s making some 3s, too. Like 5-of-10 to be exact. The most recent one was a defensie lapse of the first order. Pretty sure WVU’s switch defense on ballscreen probably wasn’t designed to leave Heslip wide open. SWISH!!!!
WEST VIRGINIA 20, BAYLOR 16 (7:02 first half)
Baylor leads 13-5 on the boards—no wonder they lead the Big 12 in rebounding margin—but Royce O’Neal has three turnovers and Cory Jefferson has committed two. The Bears have 10 overall, while hoisting only 15 shots.
WEST VIRGINIA 17, BAYLOR 13 (11:32 first half)
The Bears are dominating the glass 10-4 but have committed six turnovers (one for roughly every 100 fans in the arena). Several of the turnovers were sloppy skip passes. These are moments that reveal how such a talented squad started Big 12 play 1-5. Chemistry and composure lacking right now.
WEST VIRGINIA 8, BAYLOR 7 (15:58 first half)
Deja vu on Baylor’s opening possession as Brady Heslip gets open in the right corner and drains a 3 (he scored 20 in last season’s matchup here). But the defensive breakdown really came when point guard Kenny Chery was allowed to penetrate out front, sucking in the help defense that left Heslip open. … West Virginia trailed 7-3 but responded with a Terry Henderson 3 and a Juwan Staten runout layup.
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Comments

  • Aaron

    There will be plenty of time to discuss the negatives later but for now, good win Mountaineers.

    I must say, I love the sweat suits. What a great look.

  • tw eagle

    congratulations Mountaineers ! ! ! a hard fought & well earned win . . . once again the officiating in the XII rears its ugly head . . .but this time it couldn't kill a determined Mountie team effort . . .

    Baylor is best "playground " team yet . . . gaiters never touched the ball when he didn't commit some type of moving violation . . . also for just about the whole team . . . I'm not in love with statens "hesitation" move , but three steps , a hop , skip , and a jump is much to playground for it to be overlooked by a Div I officiating crew . . . once again , congratulations to a hard working Mountaineer team that pulled off an amazing upset in the depths of texas . . .

  • Troll

    Here's a little message to some posers, I mean posters:

    Choke on that!

    Good job Mountaineers!!

  • Debra

    Wow! God win.

  • 4WVUinKY

    That's what I'm talking about!

    It's an absolutely awesome day to be a Mountaineer...once, always, and wherever!

  • leroy j gibbs

    On the road! Its a W!

  • leroy j gibbs

    I can't believe we are winning. Very sloppy play

    • Billy

      The last 8 minutes is where the team usually lose

  • Billy

    If Huggy could only use 6 instead of 5 players

  • richard

    no one pays attention to william. i didn't want to.

  • William

    I wonder how many reporters that cover WVU basketball DISLIKES Bob Huggins?
    I bet there are more that Dislikes this coach, then likes him.

    • Debra

      Actually William I know for a fact that his players love and respect him.

    • j the c

      What a win!! This just what we needed. But now guys, you need to build on this.

    • j the c

      who cares about reporters, willie?

    • Slapnuts

      Lol. Reporters? Who cares about what they think?

  • William

    Doing that timeout -
    We just saw what a CLASS ACT "Sweatsuit" Huggins is.
    Nice way to yell at your players Henderson and Dibo
    Huggins loves to put on a show, because he loves all the ATTENTION!
    How can any player play for this coach?

    • Wenkev

      Plenty of kids have played for him and plenty more will. Dino and Henderson messed up and cost WV 4 points. They deserved to be yelled at and they knew it. You could see it in their faces.

    • Wenkev

      What's your deal with the sweatsuit anyway? It gets old seeing all these coaches looking like cheap used car salesman or worse with their slicked back hair and suits! In other sports (NFL, MLB, NCAAF) a coach wears what Huggins wears and nothing is said, but for some stupid reason a suit is expected in basketball. I, for one, applaud Huggins doing something different and going his own way.

      • GoEers

        William is very fashion conscious...his kind usually are...if you know what I mean

    • Slapnuts

      I'm pretty sure they knew his coaching style when they accepted the scholarship.

    • squad

      w

  • leroy j gibbs

    We should be ahead by 15 points. These guys need some brains

  • William

    How many times has Huggins whine, cried, or yelled at the ref. so far tonight?

    • Wenkev

      Why can't Huggins scream and yell but 10,000 people in an arena can?

  • leroy j gibbs

    We can beat Baylor if we take advantage of what they are giving us

  • Troll

    Always good to catch the Mountaineers on tv. Good luck guys give it your all and we will see what happens.