MORGANTOWN, West Virginia, Sporting Alert – No. 10 West Virginia ripped apart Baylor in the second half and just like that, the No. 1 team in the country has been taken down. The Mountaineers won the game 89-68.
Nathan Adrian scored a career-best 22 points on 7 of 10 shooting and Jevon Carter added 17 and West Virginia led wire-to-wire to handed Baylor its first loss of the season, one day after the Bears moved atop the AP Top 25 rankings for the first time in school history.
Brandon Watkins and Tarik Phillip each had 11 points for the Mountaineers (14-2, 3-1 Big 12), who shot 55-percent in the second half.
Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. led Baylor with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Terry Maston and Al Freeman each scored 10 points.
West Virginia used mini runs throughout the first half to take a 39-32 lead at halftime and never trailed.
The Mountaineers led by as many as 21points in the second half when Jevon Carter hit a jumper to put the home team up 76-50 with 5:43 left in the game.
The Bears (15-1, 3-1 Big 12) were 5-0 this season, including three against ranked opponents, when trailing at halftime, but couldn’t make it six straight on Tuesday night.
Baylor’s defeat now means there is only one undefeated team left in NCAA college men’s Division I basketball this season.
The Bears, who had won four straight against ranked opponents, struggled shooting the ball against West Virginia in the second half after making just 13 of their 32 attempts during that period.
They also carelessly gave the ball away numerous times to commit 29 turnovers, which according to ESPN Stats and Info, “were the most by a major conference team in a game this season.”
Baylor will look to bounce back when it plays at No. 25 Kansas State on Saturday.
West Virginia will be buzzing with confidence when it heads on the road to face on Saturday.
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