WVU 81, Baylor 83 OT
The 6th ranked Baylor Bears were able to hold off the West Virginia Mountaineers in overtime to remain undefeated.
It was a heartbreaking loss for the Mountaineers who were able to overcome a ten point deficit to tie and eventually lead 76-73 with only 33 seconds remaining in the game. Jabarie Hinds was fouled and missed the free throw shot. Dominique Rutledge grabbed an impressive offensive rebound and made the basket. Unfortunately, a questionable offensive foul was called. This negated the play and gave Baylor’s Pierre Jackson time to knock down a three to tie the game. The Bears had another opportunity to win with a few ticks on the clock but Quincy Acy couldn’t connect.
Baylor had a five point lead with a little over two minutes left in overtime. Hinds connected for another three. The Mountaineers had another opportunity to tie the game, but Hinds next basket failed to land as time expired.
The Bears were hot from the line landing 78.6% of their free throw attempts while WVU continued to struggle at 53.3%. The other team statistics were very close. Baylor made 48% of their three point attempts and 47.6% of their field goal attempts. The Mountaineers made 45% of their threes and 47.8% of their field goal attempts.
Kevin Jones had another amazing game scoring 28 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Hinds finished the game with 18 points. Truck Bryant had an off night ending the game with 16. He was 4 of 15 from field goal range and made 3 of 9 from three point range.
The Bear’s leading scorer was Pierre Jackson with 23 points.
WVU came so close to knocking off their toughest opponent of the season thus far. This team is progressing and growing just in time for conference play. They have a nice break to regroup before facing Villanova on December 28 in the Coliseum.