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No. 2 West Virginia escapes with 57-54 win over Baylor

No. 2 West Virginia escapes with 57-54 win over Baylor

The West Virginia Men rose to #2 in the rankings on Monday, and Baylor tested that on Tuesday night. In the last two games, Baylor has committed a total of 36 turnovers, which has hurt the Bears as they stumble now to 1-3 in Big 12 play.

The Mountaineer offense got off to a slow start. But the Mountaineers never trailed in the second half of a close game with few scoring runs, and Baylor made one field goal in the final eight minutes. Add that all together and it resulted in a tie game at halftime.

At Ann Arbor, Mich., Isaac Haas made a tiebreaking free throw with four seconds remaining as the No. 5 Boilermakers improved to 5-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1989-90 by snapping the Wolverines' seven-game winning streak. West Virginia was in the midst of a drought, having gone over four minutes scoring just one point.

West Virginia sophomore forward Lamont West's jumper gave the Mountaineers their first lead of the game at 31-29. Baylor tied it, though, at 51, and the Big 12 rivals went into the final 1:40 with the score even.

Senior Jevon Carter said the Mountaineers didn't play like a top-ranked team, even though came out on top by a season-low margin of three points. Miles eventually found himself with the ball and was quickly fouled. Yes, it would be nice to be the number one team in the nation, but we have to focus on winning games and everything else will play itself out.

Kyle Guy made five 3-pointers en route to 22 points as the No. 3 Cavaliers beat the Orangemen at Charlottesville, Va. BU's ran a long pass-and-pitch that found a wide open Lecomte on the wing, but his try to tie the game was way long, and for the first time all night, West Virginia could breathe a sigh of relief with a 57-54 victory in hand.

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For Baylor, the Bears were led by senior Manu Lecomte, who scored 13 points.

The Bears pulled within one point when Jake Lindsey responded with a three point shot with only 4 seconds left in the game, making it a 55-54 contest.

Baylor's Manu Lecomte scored 13 points, and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. had 11 points and 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season.

(25) CREIGHTON 85, BUTLER 74: Marcus Foster scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half, Martin Krampelj had 14 points and 14 rebounds for his third straight double-double and Creighton (14-3, 4-1 Big East) beat Butler (12-6, 2-3) at Omaha, Nebraska.

Konate tied John Flowers' 2010 record of seven blocks in a single game.

One can make a case that if the Mountaineers win in Lubbock Saturday that they should be number one regardless of what Villanova does because it will be another top 10 win for the resume. Tipoff is set for 2 pm.

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