Staten Lifts West Virginia
WACO, Texas (AP) – Juwan Staten made a reverse layup with 3.1 seconds left and West Virginia held on to beat Baylor 66-64 on Tuesday night.
The Mountaineers (12-9, 4-4 Big 12) had gone nearly 5 minutes without scoring, blowing an eight-point lead in the process, before Staten drove the baseline and under the basket before making the game-winning shot. He finished with a game-high 15 points and nine assists.
Kenny Chery banked in what would have been a game-winning 3-pointer for Baylor (13-7, 1-6), but it came after the buzzer sounded. Officials looked at replay to confirm that he didn’t get the shot off in time.
The Bears lost their fifth straight, the longest losing streak since dropping six in a row five years ago. They have lost three in a row at the Ferrell Center after a 13-game home winning streak.
Baylor’s last lead as 9-8 only 5 minutes into the game. The Bears tied the game three times after halftime, including at 64 when Rico Gathers made only the second of his two free throw attempt with 36 seconds left before West Virginia’s final possession.
Remi Dibo added 13 points, while Eron Harris had 12 and Terry Henderson 11 for West Virginia, which scored 18 points off 17 turnovers by Baylor.
The Bears didn’t score any points off the six West Virginia turnovers.
West Virginia, which won only three Big 12 road games all last season, has already won three times in five conference games away from home this year.
Before Staten’s clutch shot, the Mountaineers had gone scoreless since two free throws by Harris with 4:55 left for a 64-56 lead.
Brady Heslip’s 3-pointer got Baylor with 64-63 with 1:08 left, and Staten missed two free throws with 49 seconds left.
Heslip had 13 points to lead Baylor, including four 3-pointers, while Taurean Prince had 11 points and Chery 10. Gathers had eight points and 12 rebounds.
Baylor had earlier gotten even at 47-all after scoring seven consecutive points in a wild 3-minute segment.
Staten couldn’t convert a putback after a 3-pointer by Harris rattled out, but Harris then stole the ball from Gary Franklin near midcourt. In a scramble to get the ball back, Franklin was called for a questionable intentional foul.
After Staten missed both free throws, West Virginia kept the ball. Harris appeared to get away with a charge that knocked Franklin down. Franklin was still in a sitting position on the floor when the ball literally fell in his lap after Harris’ shot was blocked from behind by Cory Jefferson.
When Jefferson penetrated for a bank shot, it was tied at 47 with 12:21 left. But the Bears could never push ahead.
West Virginia led 36-33 at halftime, the significance difference being the 15 points the Mountaineers scored off 11 Baylor turnovers.