For the second-consecutive night, it took overtime to decide a West Virginia basketball game. But, this time the Mountaineers fell short.
Pierre Jackson scored 23 points to lead No. 7 Baylor to an 83-81 victory over upset-minded West Virginia in the final game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Friday night.
"I get nothing out of losing, not a thing," said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. "We had a chance to win. We had a chance to put ourselves in really good shape and we didn't. If West Virginia ever was happy with moral victories, we're way past that."
The Bears shot 47 percent from the floor to remain unbeaten.
The Mountaineers' senior forward Kevin Jones had 28 points and 17 rebounds.
"We just had to stay disciplined, and we definitely didn't," Jones said. "We just didn't have it tonight and it showed. They were a good team."
West Virginia used sharp outside shooting to jump out to an early 10-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game.
Jones made six of his first seven shots and anchored the Mountaineer offensive attack in the first half.
"We just came out more aggressive," Jones said. "I don't know if they were necessarily flat."
But, Baylor's Quincy Acy capitalized on a West Virginia turnover late in the first half to cut the Mountaineer lead to 28-24, and Baylor had grabbed all the momentum.
The Bears ended the half on a 21-5 run and held a 40-33 advantage.
Baylor guard Brady Heslip led all scorers at the half with 13 points on three three-pointers.
Heslip continued his hot shooting to begin the second half, as Baylor had its largest lead, 52-42, with 17 minutes remaining in the game.
But, Jones kept the Mountaineers in the game. Jones' 24th point had West Virginia within seven points of Baylor with 11 minutes left to play.
West Virginia junior forward Dominique Rutledge saw rare action late in the second half, but was able to cut the Baylor lead to 65-61 with less than eight minutes remaining.
Senior guard Truck Bryant had a rough night shooting, but was able to make a three-pointer with four minutes remaining to the tie the game at 69 apiece.
West Virginia led 74-71 with 30 seconds remaining before the Bears hit a contested three-pointer to tie the contest.
"We have to put away top competition like that," Jones said. "Once we got them, we have to try to keep them down."
Both teams had an opportunity to win the game at the end of regulation but failed to do so, and the game went to overtime.
With the Mountaineers down two, West Virginia freshman guard Jabarie Hinds had an open look late in overtime. Hinds' attempt came up short and Baylor held on for the victory.
"There are no moral victories here," Jones said. "We had a chance to win, we knew we could win. I felt like we were the better team, but they had what it took to win."
West Virginia fell to 9-3 on the season.
"I've always been confident in this team, I always will be," Jones said. "This is just a learning experience for us."