MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jevon Carter drained a clutch 3-pointer with 57.5 seconds remaining to help No. 2 West Virginia knock off Baylor by the score of 57-54 on Tuesday night.
The Mountaineers (15-1, 4-0 Big 12) extended their winning streak to 15 games, the longest in the nation.
WVU struggled to make shots for the entire game but the Mountaineers defense was on point.
“Well, quite frankly neither team shot the ball very well,” head coach Bob Huggins said. ” And when that happens it’s kind of an ugly game.”
WVU forced 21 turnovers and had nine steals.
“We’re Press Virginia,” Beetle Bolden said. “That’s what we do. We hustle and we out tough everybody. That’s what coach Huggs instilled in us. That’s what we go out there and try and do every single night.”
Lamont West and Daxter Miles Jr. both scored 12 points for the Mountaineers. Sagaba Konate added eight points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks.
Manu Lecomte tallied 13 points for the Bears (11-5, 1-3). Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Miles threw the ball away but hustled down the court and saved it from going out of bounds after Carter knocked the ball lose on Mark Vital’s fast-break, setting the scene for Carter’s 3.
“JC got a hand on it and Dax picked up the loose ball but JC made the play,” Huggins said. “We tell them every day in practice that if you stick to your principles and do what you’re supposed to do, we’re going to make plays.”
The Mountaineers’ defense stopped Baylor on the following play. Carter drew the foul but missed the free throw but Konate grabbed the rebound.
Miles made a free throw with 15.8 seconds left.
Jake Lindsey answered with a 3-pointer to pull the Bears within one with four seconds to go.
Carter made two free throws and Lecomte missed a 3 at the buzzer.
Konate tied John Flowers’ 2010 record of seven blocks in a single game.
Baylor dominated WVU in the paint. The Bears outrebounded the Mountaineers 44-36 and had a 22-10 advantage in the paint.
WVU shot 31 percent from the field, 40 from beyond the arc and 64 from the free throw line.
Baylor shot 36 percent from the floor, 38 from 3-point range and 73 from the line.
The Mountaineers travel to Lubbock on Saturday to take on No. 8 Texas Tech at 2 p.m.
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