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GAME RECAP: Baylor Defeats WVU in Waco

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Written by: Mikinzy Boggs

The Big 12 Standings race for second place has just become more complicated as the Baylor Bears defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers 71-62 tonight in Waco, Texas. Johnathan Motley led the Bears with 23 points, and 8 rebounds. The Mountaineers were led by Jevon Carter who accrued 18 points to go with 9 rebounds.

Throughout the first ten minutes of action Baylor held a 12-4 lead. The Bears’ zone was stifling the Mountaineers as they were held scoreless for over 4 minutes, and were 1-9 from the field. The Mountaineers needed a spark. Out of a much needed timeout, Coach Huggins began to find ways to penetrate the zone as the Mountaineers began to make easy buckets attacking the basket, and going on a 9-2 run to make it a 14-12 Baylor lead.

In the remaining ten minutes of the first half, the Mountaineers had found there footing. West Virginia led at the half 30-28. Jevon Carter and Elijah Macon were the leading scorers at the half with 7 points each.  Baylor was easily the bigger team inside the paint as they outrebounded the Mountaineers 21-12 in the first half. West Virginia had caused 8 turnovers and had 12 points off turnovers throughout the first twenty minutes of play.

First Half Rebounds:

            WVU: 12

            Baylor: 21

First Half Shooting:

            WVU: 10-28

            Baylor: 9-22

First Half 3pt-Shooting:

            WVU: 1-6

            Baylor: 1-4

First Half Turnovers:

            WVU: 3

            Baylor: 8

First Half Free Throws:         

            WVU: 9-11

            Baylor:  9-15

           

Ten minutes into the second half the Mountaineers led Baylor 45-40. Elijah Macon was an absolute force inside the paint shooting 5-7 and accruing 11 points, and 4 rebounds. Baylor went through a five minute shooting drought, which gave the Mountaineers more opportunities to pull ahead, though tough Baylor defense kept the Bears in the game. The Mountaineers were shooting a rare 85% from the free throw line to this point in the contest.

Total Rebounds:

            WVU: 23

            Baylor: 42

Total Shooting:

           WVU:  22-59

            Baylor: 21-45

Total 3pt-Shooting:

            WVU: 3-15

            Baylor: 3-10

Total Turnovers:

           WVU: 8

            Baylor: 18

Total Free Throws:    

           WVU:   15-19

            Baylor: 26-34

            The officials had been anticipating calls on the Mountaineers all night, and that led to four Mountaineers being in foul trouble with 6:28 to play. The Mountaineers were essentially not allowed to play their brand of basketball for the remaining five minutes of this contest. With having to play back to avoid more anticipated fouls, the Baylor Bears were able to go on a 21-4 run.

            West Virginia will be back in action this Friday to wrap up regular season play against the Iowa State Hawkeyes. Game time is set for 7:00PM E.T. and will be aired on ESPN2. 

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