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West Virginia Extinguishes Baylor’s Hot Streak In Waco

The Mountaineers began taking some pent up aggression out on the Bears early and didn’t let up for 40 minutes.

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

I think the Baylor Bears (17-11, 7-8 Big 12) learned a hard lesson this evening in the Ferrell Center; you don’t want to play the West Virginia Mountaineers (20-8, 9-6 Big 12) after a heartbreaking loss. They’re gonna be angry, and they’re gonna take it out on you - this time to the tune of 71-60.

West Virginia jumped out to 17-6 lead midway through the first half, and it only got worse for the Bears as the remaining ten minutes ticked by. The Mountaineers took a 40-18 lead into the locker room, and we could’ve probably just called the game there.

Baylor did make a run half way through the second half, and looked as though they were going to threaten West Virginia’s double-digit lead, but Daxter Miles Jr. knocked down a huge three while getting fouled to bring the Mountaineers back to life. Miles would make the free throw to complete the four point play, and West Virginia went right back to work on the Bears.

The last 4:30 of this game turned into another ridiculous #RefShow, and brought us multiple technical fouls and some flat out absurd calls by the officiating crew. The calls did go both ways, so at least they had the consistency thing going for them.

Jevon Carter led the Mountaineers with 15 points. Carter finished just one assist short of becoming the first player in school history, and the first Power 5 conference player, to have more than 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in a career.

Esa Ahmad contributed 15 points, four rebounds and three assists of his own. Sagaba Konate had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 9 block - tying the West Virginia record for blocks in a game - and finishing one block shy of a triple-double. Daxter Miles Jr. and James Bolden each added 10 points.

West Virginia returns to Morgantown on Saturday when they look for revenge against the Iowa State Cyclones. That game will tip off at 6:00PM and will be televised on ESPNU.