Daxter Miles couldn’t replicate his electric shot-making from the Kansas game, but the one 3-pointer he did make Tuesday proved vital.
It stemmed a Baylor rally and became a four-point play when Nuni Omot fouled Miles on the follow-through. A 28-point lead had been trimmed to 12 until Miles’ big moment stabilized No. 21 West Virginia in a 71-60 victory.
“I wasn’t hitting shots all night,” Miles said after finishing 1-of-6 from 3. “But it was a big shot. It still felt good leaving my hands.”
Omot contended it was a phantom foul.
“I closed out to his right hand, because he’s a right-handed shooter,” the 6-foot-9 Omot said. “I didn’t think I touched him, and they called it. I probably could have jumped to the side a little more, and it wouldn’t have looked like I fouled him.”
KU loss still stings
Some 72 hours after the contentious loss at Kansas punctured his team’s Big 12 title hopes, Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins wasn’t relishing Baylor as a restorative win.
“I haven’t recovered, by the way,” Huggins said. “I don’t bounce back like I used to.”
His players weren’t satisfied with the road split either.
“Should’ve went 2-0 but we’ll take one,” said Miles.
West Virginia put Saturday’s disappointment to good use, firing out to a 40-18 halftime lead against the Bears.
“We just came together, worked hard, went out there and produced,” point guard Jevon Carter said.
WVU stuffs Maston
Big 12 player of the Week Terry Maston — coming off 26- and 24-point outings vs. Texas and Texas Tech — delivered a dud against West Virginia.
He scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting and committed four turnovers.
After dismal 19-percent shooting in the first half, Baylor picked up its offense in the second half yet still finished at a season-worst 33 percent.
The overall 19-of-58 shooting followed the Bears making 19-of-53 in Morgantown during last month’s 57-54 loss.
“I was 1-for-7 and all my shots were at the rim,” Bears guard Jake Lindsey said. “You’ve got to finish. It’s hard to get there in college, so when you get to the paint you’ve got to finish.”
Omot’s moving reunion
The Ferrell Center crowd was moved by video of Sunday’s tearful reunion between Omot and his father, Kwot — their first interaction since 1996 when they were separated at a refugee camp in Kenya.
ESPN made frequent cutaways to the elder Omot cheering from the stands.
His son scored seven points before fouling out on a night that transcended basketball.
“It was very emotional since I haven’t seen him in 21 years,” Omot said. “I had a lot of emotions, seeing him for the first time. It’s always been his dream to see me play. To have him here, meant the world to me.”
“It was too little, too late. The moral of the story is you can’t get down 40-18.” — Scott Drew on Baylor’s second-half charge running out of steam
“The first half might be as good as we’ve been. I wanted them to do it a little longer.” — Bob Huggins after the Mountaineers’ 71-60