No. 21 WVU tops Baylor

No. 21 WVU tops Baylor

WVU Basketball

No. 21 WVU tops Baylor

Feb 20, 2018; Waco, TX, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard Jevon Carter (2) controls the ball on Baylor Bears guard Tyson Jolly (10) during the first half at Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

WACO, Texas–Jevon Carter and Esa Ahmad both scored 15 points as No. 21 West Virginia defeated Baylor 71-60 on Tuesday night.

Daxter Mile Jr. and Beetle Bolden had 10 points apiece. Sagaba Konate notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. He had nine blocks, tying D’Or Fischer for the most blocks in a single game.

The Mountaineers (20-8, 9-6 Big 12) snapped the Bears (17-11, 7-8) five game winning streak. WVU controlled the game most of the night and led by as much as 28 points.

Baylor capped a 21-5 run on Terry Maston’s jumper, pulling the Bears within 55-43. However, that was as close as they would get.

Feb 20, 2018; Waco, TX, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard Daxter Miles Jr. (4) questions an officials call during the first half against the Baylor Bears at Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

A four-point play by Miles with 6:54 left ended the Mountaineers’ scoring drought and took all the momentum away from Baylor.

“I don’t know why we can’t just keep the pedal down the whole time,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “There were a lot of stoppages in play which doesn’t help anything.”

Carter slammed one home to give WVU a 40-18 lead at the half.

The Mountaineers forced 14 turnovers and had six steals.

Jo Lual-Acuil led the Bears with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Manu Lecomte had 12 points.

Feb 20, 2018; Waco, TX, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard James Bolden (3) shoots over Baylor Bears forward Terry Maston (31) during the first half at Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

WVU shot 43 percent from the floor, 33 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the charity stripe.

Baylor shot 33 percent from the field, 33 percent from 3-point range and 68 percent from the line.

The Mountaineers return home to square off against Iowa State on Saturday at 6 p.m.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

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