No. 9 Baylor Shoots the Lights Out Against WVU, Winning 79-67
No. 9 Baylor handed West Virginia their second-straight loss in the “Lone Star State” on Monday night, 79-67. Baylor hit 14-three’s as a team.
Baylor (20-6, 9-4 Big 12) is now 10-1 in their last 11 games.
West Virginia (15-11, 4-9 Big 12) shifted into a 1-3-1 defense, to which Baylor G LJ Cryer took advantage of. Cryer was open in the corner almost every possession and did not miss. Cryer finished the game with a game-high of 26 points on 8-three’s.
WVU F Emmitt Matthews added another good performance to his last week of play. Matthews hit important shots to keep West Virginia in the game as Baylor was up big in the second half. The Washington native scored 17 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Matthews got offensive help from Joe Toussaint, 11 points and Tre Mitchell, nine points.
West Virginia’s first half was a roller coaster ride. The Mountaineers started out shooting 7-of-11 from the field but proceeded to go on an eight minute drought without a field goal. West Virginia’s shooting in the second half stayed consistent but wasn’t enough to counter the barrage of three’s by Cryer.
The Mountaineers forced 13 Baylor turnovers, scoring 18 points off the Bears’ mistakes.
WVU head coach Bob Huggins dug deep into his bench, throwing Pat Suemnick and Josiah Harris into the game during the first half. Suemnick and Harris both had quality minutes against Texas on Saturday.
With just three minutes left in the first half, Suemnick tipped a ball right to Mo Wague, which resulted in a three-pointer by Seth Wilson. Suemnick saved multiple possessions throughout the game, recording five rebounds.
Baylor F Jalen Bridges faced his former team for the second time in his career. The Fairmont, W.Va. native finished with 12 points.
West Virginia will get most of the week off until hosting Texas Tech in Morgantown on Saturday. The Mountaineers and Red Raiders will tipoff at noon on ESPNU.