West Virginia men’s basketball is back at the WVU Coliseum to host the fifth-ranked Baylor Bears. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. ET.
The Bears will be without Jeremy Sochan and James Akinjo, two of the team’s top contributors from the guard position. Akinjo is an especially big loss, as he’s the top scorer.
Stop here for the latest as the game unfolds.
West Virginia starters
- G Kedrian Johnson
- G Taz Sherman
- G Sean McNeil
- F Jalen Bridges
- F Isaiah Cottrell
- G LJ Cryer
- G Adam Flagler
- F Flo Thamba
- F Kendall Brown
- F Matthew Mayer
FINAL: Baylor defeats West Virginia 77-68.
0:55 (BU 75, WVU 65): WVU calls timeout after a jumper from Malik Curry. That bucket cuts the lead to 10 points after the Bears had their largest lead of the half, and their biggest since there was about seven minutes in the game. The Mountaineers will likely start fouling to extend the game at this point.
4:07 (BU 66, WVU 61): Baylor is on the verge of building a big lead, but WVU won’t let them get away. The Bears have pieced together a couple of small runs to slowly extend its advantage, including a pair of consecutive three-pointers to make it a multi-possession game for their biggest lead since the first half.
8:28 (BU 53, WVU 54): The Mountaineers take the lead as Malik Curry and Sean McNeil take WVU on a 6-0 run, forcing Baylor to take a timeout. Those three buckets come on the heels of a streak of five missed layups for WVU, and they quell a Baylor run that put the Bears in front.
11:33 (BU 50, WVU 48): There have been four lead changes since the last media stoppage. Jalen Bridges took the lead back for WVU with a driving layup, then Sean McNeil widened the lead 30 seconds later with a massive three-pointer — the guard is really getting the Coliseum crowd going tonight. Kendall Brown and Adam Flagler then took the lead back right before the media timeout with a five-point swing.
15:49 (BU 44, WVU 43): WVU and Baylor are trading points to start the half. All of West Virginia’s points have come from Sherman, McNeil and Jalen Bridges, who scored his first five points of the game in the opening minutes of the second. LJ Cryer has all of Baylor’s seven points this half.
Baylor starts the second half with possession.
HALF: WVU and Baylor battle, but the Mountaineers are unable to get the lead. Baylor leads 37-33 at the half.
4:15 (BU 30, WVU 28): WVU comes out of the timeout and scores 14 straight to get within a bucket. The Coliseum crowd goes nuts as the Bears are forced to call their first timeout. All those points came from the guards — Sherman is now up to 11 points, Sean McNeil has nine while Malik Curry added all four of his points on the run.
7:54 (BU 30, WVU 14): Baylor’s lead is now up to 24-5. All of the Bears’ buckets are coming from either the paint or behind the three-point arc. Plus, they’ve ramped up the defensive pressure on the Mountaineers, already forcing six WVU turnovers including a trio of steals.
12:00 (BU 19, WVU 17): Baylor makes an 11-0 run out of the timeout to take the momentum, capitalizing on some WVU misses and miscues to get out in front. Taz Sherman finally stops the bleeding with his third three-pointer of the game, but still, he’s been the only working part of offense for WVU in the last several minutes.
16:00 (BU 6, WVU 7): Taz Sherman made sure to get in the box score early, notching the first bucket of the game with a three-pointer 30 seconds in. Baylor is having trouble making shots — their six points have all come from LJ Cryer, who notched a couple of three-pointers, but the team has missed five to start. Sherman has five points, while Isaiah Cottrell added a mid-range jumper to the scoring total.
Baylor wins the opening tip. We are underway in Morgantown!