MORGANTOWN - West Virginia drops its third straight game, and second to Baylor in two weeks, losing 65-62.
Despite a career high in points from freshman Eron Harris, the Mountaineers (13-15, 6-9) couldn't hold back the Bears (17-11, 8-7) after being up by as much as nine.
"It's hard to control your shot going in every time," said head coach Bob Huggins. "It's not hard to control how hard you guard."
It wasn't without some drama. With under two minutes in the game, Kevin Noreen would drain five points, which included his seventh three-pointer of the year, and bring the game within one with just over a minute remaining.
On their next possession, Noreen would come up with an offensive rebound after a Harris miss. Rebounding was huge for WVU, as they brought down 21 offensive boards in the game.
Harris would take a three-point shot on the next possession, and it rimmed out. Baylor would grab the rebound and go on to sink vital free throws to win the game.
Harris went on to finish with 25 points on 50% shooting. Over the past two games, he had a combined six points. His previous career high was 19 points.
With a victory, WVU would have moved up to a tie for sixth place in the Big 12 Conference. However, the loss keeps them in seventh and 6.5 games behind Kansas and Kansas State.
During the first half, it seemed to be either team's game. The would exchange leads on nearly every possession, and each go on runs to pull away at certain times.
Despite a relatively empty Coliseum, there was some noise coming from the student section. The Bears did what they could to keep them quiet by dropping two alley-oops in the opening ten minutes.
First it was a 7-0 run from Baylor to give them their biggest lead of six just under nine minutes into the game. However, the Mountaineers would respond in front of their home crowd.
The blue and gold immediately went on a 19-4 tear and took a nine point lead right before the first half came to a close. After one period, WVU lead Baylor by a score of 34-29.
The Bears would close the gap in the second half, and take the lead. After missing two of their first 14 three-point attempts, they sank two straight to regain the lead halfway through the second period of play.
The Mountaineers managed to keep the Big 12 leading scorer, Pierre Jackson, in check. The senior from Las Vegas averages over 19 points a contest this season, but was held to 15 points tonight. He did manage to contribute with five assists.
Brady Heslip was also absent from this game after putting up 20 points in the contest two weeks ago. Tonight he struggled from deep, not making a single one of his six three-point attempts. He finished with just four points.
The Mountaineers will now hope they have any chance at reaching the NIT. Three games remain on the schedule, with the next being at No. 6 Kansas this Saturday.