The Mountaineers have one more shot to earn a Big 12 win at home against the Baylor Bears. While the Bears are fighting for a share of the Big 12 regular-season title, West Virginia will be jostling for a good seed in the conference tournament, which begins next week.
Be sure to check back here as we will have updates and analysis as the game unfolds.
FINAL: West Virginia beats No. 4 Baylor, 76-64
41.9 (BU 64, WVU 74): Baylor calls timeout after hitting a three-pointer to cut their deficit to 10 points. They’ll need a massive swing if they want to get any chance at a win in less than a minute.
1:48 (BU 55, WVU 64): Oscar Tshiebwe is the next Mountaineer to head to the line after grabbing his 10th rebound for a double-double. Baylor is looking for a three-pointer, but they can’t seem to find the bottom of the net. The Mountaineers have continued their domination of the glass (which is now 40 to 25 for the game), preventing the Bears from getting a second chance.
1:57 (BU 55, WVU 62): Sean McNeil heads to the line as the Bears start their late-game fouling.
3:00 (BU 46, WVU 57): West Virginia takes total control of this one, nailing 6 straight shots including a pair of big, big dunks from Tshiebwe and McBride. Tshiebwe’s last score gets him just a rebound away from a double-double. Baylor, on the other hand, has missed their last 9 shots, and are without a field goal for 8:23.
6:31 (BU 42, WVU 45): Baylor hasn’t scored in 4 minutes and 52 seconds, having missed their last 6 tries. They’re also struggling on the boards, allowing 15 West Virginia offensive rebounds and 13 second chance points.
7:08 (BU 42, WVU 45): An 8-0 run puts the Mountaineers back in the lead, capped off by yet another dunk from Emmitt Matthews, his second of the game. He’s still the game’s leading scorer with 15 points, while Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver trail him on the stat sheet with 8 each. BU’s Flo Thamba is also the first player to foul out. West Virginia is shooting 39 percent from the field, with a 40 percent mark from deep — Baylor is making 43 percent of their shots with a 13 percent rate behind the arc.
10:20 (BU 42, WVU 39): West Virginia has made their last 4 buckets after getting down by 7 points, their largest deficit since early in the first half. Emmitt Matthews is having a game for the Mountaineers with 13 points and 4 rebounds. Freddie Gillespie is on the bench for Baylor with 4 fouls, while Flo Thamba is on the floor with the same amount.
15:49 (BU 30, WVU 28): The second half has gotten off to a slow, physical start, with 7 fouls already getting whistled in fewer than 5 minutes. Two players on each team have entered foul trouble — Miles McBride and Oscar Tshiebwe for Baylor, and Mark Vital and Freddie Gillespie for Baylor.
West Virginia first half scorers: Matthews (8); Culver, Tshiebwe (4); McNeil, McBride (3); Osabuohien (2)
Baylor first half scorers: Butler, Teague (7); Gillespie (4); Mitchell, Mayer (2)
HALF: West Virginia takes a 24-22 lead to the locker room over Baylor.
3:47 (BU 17, WVU 21): Baylor gets some buckets inside to stop the bleeding, but WVU is still in the lead. Miles McBride, while he hasn’t gotten any offense going yet, has done an integral job for WVU on defense with 4 steals accounting for half of Baylor’s 8 turnovers so far. Of those forced turnovers, WVU has generated 11 points.
6:09 (BU 11, WVU 19): West Virginia is now on a 19-2 run behind the shots of Emmitt Matthews, who leads everyone with 8 points now — but the shots are falling for everyone, including Sean McNeil, who added a three-pointer before Scott Drew called a timeout.
7:46 (BU 11, WVU 13): The Mountaineers are now on a 13-2 run as they thunder ahead for the lead. That is, in large part, from a big push from Emmitt Matthews (5 points so far), and early domination of the boards. Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver have each chipped in 4 points.
11:56 (BU 9, WVU 6): The Mountaineers get some big stops on the defensive end and turn them into points, cutting the Baylor lead to just a possession. Their offense is still lacking, having missed their first 8 attempts from the field. WVU has major homecourt advantage today, as the Coliseum crowd might be the loudest they’ve been all year. It took a while for the
16:07 (BU 7, WVU 0): The Bears are able to get a little offense going for an early lead, prompting Bob Huggins to call his first timeout.
- Jordan McCabe
- Chase Harler
- Jermaine Haley
- Oscar Tshiebwe
- Logan Routt
- Mark Vital
- MaCio Teague
- Jared Butler
- Freddie Gillespie
- Davion Mitchell