After taking their first consecutive losses of the season, the No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers (18-6, 6-5 Big 12) have a major upset opportunity against the top-ranked Baylor Bears (22-0, 11-0). The action tips off at 4 p.m. ET on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
This game log will have updates as the contest progresses, so be sure to check back.
FINAL: Baylor takes the win over West Virginia, 70-59.
1:25 (WVU 52, Baylor 69): Oscar Tshiebwe fouls out. In 32 minutes, the freshman logged 11 points and 12 rebounds, with an assist and 5 turnovers to go along with them.
3:50 (WVU 46, Baylor 67): While Taz Sherman is trying to get WVU on a run, the Bears are keeping the Mountaineers at an arm’s length by making their own shots. Sherman has scored 15 of WVU’s last 19 points, all of which have come from three pointers. Baylor’s Butler is still the top scorer with 21 points for the game so far.
8:14 (WVU 33, Baylor 55): Taz Sherman hits two three-pointers to extend an 8-point WVU run, but it just comes on the heels of another 8-point Baylor run. Three Bears have hit double figures — Butler (18 points), Davion Mitchell (11) and Matthew Mayer (10). The Mountaineers are yet to find a double-digit scorer, and didn’t hit a second-half field goal until there was 10:14 on the clock.
11:39 (WVU 25, Baylor 47): Much of the same at this point. Matthew Mayer has put his mark on this game with 8 points so far, 6 of which coming from the second half.
17:41 (WVU 22, Baylor 39): Just like the first half, Baylor is getting their points in bunches. They start off with three baskets from inside for a 6-0 run out of the gate.
West Virginia first half scorers: Tshiebwe (5); Harler (4); McNeil, Osabuohien (3); Culver, McCabe, Haley (2); McBride (1)
Baylor first half scorers: Butler (16); Mitchell (9); Gillespie, Mayer (4)
HALF: Baylor takes a 33-22 lead over West Virginia into the locker room. Derek Culver is in foul trouble for the Mountaineers after earning his third foul in the final minutes, while Oscar Tshiebwe has 2 personals.
2:36 (WVU 20, Baylor 33): Chase Harler hits a jumper then gets a layup off his own steal to chip away at the Baylor lead. He and Tshiebwe both lead WVU with 4 points.
3:16 (WVU 14, Baylor 33): It’s still all Baylor as the Bears are in the middle of an 8-0 run while the Mountaineers are struggling to find a bucket. Gabe Osabohien has the chance to cut that run at the foul line after this media timeout. Oscar Tshiebwe leads the Mountaineers in minutes with 13, with Emmitt Matthews the only teammate to crack double-digits. Derek Culver has sat much of the half with 2 fouls, logging only 9 minutes so far.
7:00 (WVU 10, Baylor 25): The Bears catch fire and make their last four buckets, including two three-pointers. The Mountaineers are still cold, but that spell was broken by a contested three-pointer made by Sean McNeil in the corner. The real killer for West Virginia, though, is their turnovers — they are forcing stops, but have given the Bears 11 extra possessions from their turnovers. Baylor, in turn, has generated 11 points off those chances.
12:18 (WVU 5, Baylor 13): Baylor finds a groove and gets a 6-0 run, all of those points coming inside. West Virginia has made just 1 of their last 7 field goal attempts with 5 turnovers over their last 3:45.
16:00 (WVU 4, Baylor 7): Vital earns his second personal as he fouls Miles McBride on the three-point shot. Offensively, the Mountaineers have taken more jumpshots than layups (but only by a margin of 3 to 2). Baylor is also attacking the rim with success.
18:11 (WVU 2, Baylor 5): We have our first review of the game. Oscar Tshiebwe had the ball at the top of the key and was whistled for fouling Mark Vital, and the officials went to the monitors to check for a flagrant. They actually ruled a foul against Vital, which allowed for a Tshiebwe lay-in.
Baylor wins the tip, and we are underway.
- Jordan McCabe
- Jermaine Haley
- Emmitt Matthews Jr.
- Derek Culver
- Oscar Tshiebwe
- Devonte Bandoo
- Mark Vital
- Jared Butler
- Freddie Gillespie
- Davion Mitchell