WVU spoils Baylor’s first game as No. 1

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Nathan Adrian broke out of a shooting slump with a career-high 22 points, and No. 10 West Virginia beat No. 1 Baylor 89-68 on Tuesday night in the Bears’ first game as the top-ranked team in program history.

Baylor (15-1, 3-1 Big 12) committed a season-high 29 turnovers — the school record is 31 — and never led in its second true road game of the season. The loss means No. 5 Gonzaga is the only remaining unbeaten team in Division I.

West Virginia (14-2, 3-1) started the second half with an 11-3 run and kept pouring it on, leading by as many as 26 points down the stretch.

Fans rushed the court and sang John Denver’s “Country Roads” after the Mountaineers toppled a top-ranked Big 12 opponent at home for the second straight season. A year ago this week, West Virginia beat Kansas.

Jevon Carter had 17 points for the Mountaineers, and Brandon Watkins scored 11.

Terry Maston, Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. and Al Freeman each scored 10 for the Bears.

West Virginia leads the nation with nearly 13 steals and 24 forced turnovers per game. “Press Virginia is real,” Baylor guard Jake Lindsey said.

No. 2 Kansas 81,

Oklahoma 70

NORMAN, Okla. — Frank Mason scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half, and No. 2 Kansas rallied to beat Oklahoma.

With No. 1 Baylor losing at West Virginia earlier in the night, the Jayhawks will be in position to claim the No. 1 ranking for the first time this season if they beat Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Josh Jackson scored 16 points and Devonte’ Graham added 13 for the Jayhawks (15-1, 4-0), who have won 15 straight.

Rashard Odomes and Kameron McGusty each scored 13 points for the Sooners (6-9, 0-4), who lost their seventh in a row.

Oklahoma trailed 21-14 before closing the half on a 22-6 run to take a 36-27 halftime lead.

Texas Tech 66,

No. 25 Kansas State 65

LUBBOCK — Keenan Evans made a go-ahead layup with 15 seconds left, helping Texas Tech beat No. 25 Kansas State.

Evans’ basket gave the Red Raiders a 63-62 lead. Aaron Ross and Niem Stevenson then combined for three foul shots for Texas Tech before Barry Brown made a 3-pointer in the final seconds for Kansas State.

Evans finished with 18 points. Zach Smith had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Red Raiders (13-3, 2-2), who improved to 11-0 at home.

Kamau Stokes led Kansas State (13-3, 2-2) with 17 points. Dean Wade added 12 points, and D.J. Johnson finished with 11.

 

Women

No. 1 Connecticut 102,

No. 20 South Florida 37

HARTFORD, Conn. — Top-ranked Connecticut tied its own NCAA record with its 90th consecutive win, routing No. 20 South Florida.

Saniya Chong scored 20 points to lead six players in double figures for the Huskies (15-0, 2-0 American), who matched the streak Geno Auriemma’s program set between November 2008 and December 2010.

Maria Jespersen had 11 points for South Florida (13-2, 2-1), which has never beaten UConn in 21 attempts.


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