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Mountaineer Morning Links: Purdue Hangover/Festivus (12/23/13) Edition

Coverage of yesterday's Purdue loss, women's hoops win, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Dec. 23 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins and Eron Harris look back on Sunday’s 73-70 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers.

Free Throws a Difference Maker at Duquesne - WVU Athletics
WVU women's basketball defeated Duquesne 88-80 in Saturday's matchup.

WVU Benefactor Dlesk Has Died - WVU Athletics
Dlesk contributed the funds to help construct WVU's soccer facility.

Furfari: Doctor was star for WVU on diamond - Martinsburg Journal
Dr. Charles H. McKown Jr. now remains active as one of the Mountain State's most noted and most highly respected administrators in the medical science field.

Purdue Hangover:

Purdue sneaks past West Virginia 73-70 - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

Late Rally Falls Short - WVU Athletics
Purdue makes shots down the stretch to defeat West Virginia.

Mountaineers come up short against Purdue - Charleston Daily Mail
"This is a game that we needed," junior point guard Juwan Staten said. "It feels like this is kind of becoming a trend. Games that we need, we're finding a way not to come up with them."

Mountaineers miss opportunity vs. Purdue - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia had every opportunity in the world Sunday afternoon not only to beat Purdue, but do so handily.

WVU Comes Up Just Short - EerSports
West Virginia and Purdue went back and forth most of Sunday afternoon, but the Boilermakers eventually came out on top, winning 73-70.

Purdue leaves Mountaineers lump of coal - Charleston Gazette
See, the Mountaineers might be able to string lights, but they just don't string baskets together very well.

WVU falls to Purdue at home, 73-70 - Times West Virginian
In the end, Eron Harris ran out of miracles and with it Purdue beat West Virginia, 73-70, in a game the Mountaineers had to have to maintain a realistic chance at post-season play.

Shooting Dooms WVU - BGN
West Virginia disappointed once again in its second-to-last non-conference game of the season, as the Mountaineers were defeated by Purdue 73-70 on Sunday at the WVU Coliseum.

Purdue Sneaks Past Mountaineers - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
His coach had called this an impactful game and Purdue's Terone Johnson helped get it for him.

Self-Inflicted Wounds - BGN
The term close is becoming excruciatingly so for West Virginia.

GAME RECAP: WVU vs Purdue - WVillustrated
A good crowd of 10,019 at the WVU Coliseum on Sunday afternoon witnessed a heartbreaking loss to the Purdue Boilermakers, 73-70.

WVU drops close matchup to Purdue, 73-70 -
With one of their worst shooting performances of the season, the West Virginia Mountaineers could not pull off a much-needed victory over the Purdue Boilermakers Sunday in Morgantown, dropping their fifth loss of the season 73-70.

Close calls signal Mountaineers aren’t ready to answer - WV MetroNews
Expectations for WVU having a bounce-back season are dwindling.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Playing Purdue brought memories for Indiana native - Times West Virginian
Mostly his mood had matched the moment, rather dour, even though Eron Harris had scored 24 points and played a spectacular game against Purdue in defeat.

Harris pours in 24, but it’s not enough - WV MetroNews
Postgame reaction from WVU's top scorer after Sunday's 73-70 loss to Purdue

Staten’s reaction after another close loss - WV MetroNews
The Mountaineers' point guard reflects on a 73-70 loss to Purdue at the WVU Coliseum.

Williams’ double-double goes for naught - WV MetroNews
A week after his worst game of the season, Devin Williams bounced back with a 20-point, 12-rebound performance on Sunday, albeit in a 73-70 loss to Purdue.

Photo gallery: Purdue 73, WVU 70 - WV MetroNews
Check out the images from Purdue's 73-70 victory over the Mountaineers on Sunday at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU-Purdue Photo Gallery - EerSports
EerSports photographer Craig Gunter shares photos from today's game against Purdue.

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs Purdue - BGN
Photos from the West Virginia - Purdue basketball game

PHOTO GALLERY: WVU vs. Purdue at the WVU Coliseum - WVillustrated
Browse photos from the match-up between West Virginia and Purdue.

Pro News:

Geno Smith has 3 TDs in Jets win - Pros Report
As the roller-coaster rookie season of Geno Smith plays out to its conclusion, he is doing his best to keep climbing.

WK 16 Can't-Miss Play: Rams Run Double Reverse - St. Louis Rams (autoplay)
The St. Louis Rams get tricky on this double reverse to rookie receiver Stedman Bailey who runs it in from 27 yards out for his first NFL touchdown.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor men cash in from stripe, punch out Southern, 81-56 - Waco Tribune

No. 17 ISU outlasts George Mason in Hawaii - Ames Tribune

Kansas easily takes down Georgetown, 86-64 - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State defeats Gonzaga, 72-62, for signature win - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Sooners Overcome Slow Start, Down Texas A&M Aggies 64-52 - Crimson And Cream Machine

No. 7 Cowboys down No. 20 Colorado - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns Basketball: Horns Fall to Michigan State 92-78 - Burnt Orange Nation

Final: TCU 70, Tulsa 58 - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech 62, Arizona St. 76 | Game Recap - Viva The MatadorsTexas Tech 62, Arizona St. 76 | Game Recap - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

(17) Iowa State Cyclones vs. Akron Zips - ESPN
4:30 pm from Honolulu on ESPNU/3

Video of Interest:

Comments from head coach Bob Huggins, after the Mountaineers narrowly lost, 73-70, to Purdue, this afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a South Floridian model and TV personality. She's also Bikini Team's model of the month for December. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Lisa Morales.