West Virginia Falls in Back and Forth Battle With Baylor

Cover Photo: Gus Schlomer for The Voice of Motown

Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers (13-4, 2-3) got down double-digits early in the game, but went on a 14-0 to cut the lead to 37-33 at halftime. The second half went back and forth between the two teams, but ultimately the #5 ranked Baylor Bears (16-2) pulled away late, beating the Mountaineers 77-68.

West Virginia was led by reserve point guard Malik Curry, who had 19 points off the bench, Sean McNeil, who had 17 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3PT), and Taz Sherman, who had 18 points on 5-16 from the field and 3-11 from three point range.

The Mountaineers will be back in action this Saturday, January 22nd at noon on the road in Lubbock, Texas to play the 18th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Observations

West Virginia is a deeply flawed team without an inside scorer.

Baylor was able to score at will under the basket in the first half. West Virginia’s interior defense must get better.

The crowd sounded great on TV, particularly for a 5:00 tip time.

West Virginia missed six consecutive layups in the second half.