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West Virginia blows out No. 1 Baylor

Loss leaves Gonzaga as lone unbeaten DI team

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Baylor's debut outing as the No. 1 team unraveled against No. 10 West Virginia's press.

Nathan Adrian poured in 22 points, Jevon Carter had 17 points and seven assists, and the two combined for eight of the Mountaineers' 15 steals in an 89-68 blowout of Baylor on Tuesday.

West Virginia (14-2, 3-1 Big 12) forced 29 turnovers, the most in its 82-game Big 12 tenure. The loss by Baylor (15-1, 3-1) left Gonzaga as the lone unbeaten team in Division I.

With "Press Virginia" at its pestering best, Baylor's Ishmail Wainwright dribbled the ball off his foot, Johnathan Motley traveled on a post move, and Jo Lual-Acuil fumbled out of a double-team. Even when the defense wasn't nearby, point guard Manu Lecomte stepped on the sideline while dribbling uncontested.

Freeman, Lual-Acuil and Terry Maston scored 10 points each for the Bears, who were routed one day after climbing to the top spot in the AP poll. The 7-foot Lual-Acuil also grabbed 12 rebounds, the only category in which Baylor was competitive

Brandon Watkins and Tarik Phillip added 11 points each for West Virginia, which beat the Bears for a third consecutive time.

Baylor trailed by 11 points only seven minutes into the game, then pulled within four points before Adrian's jumper restored West Virginia's cushion to 39-32 at half.

The Mountaineers, never allowing Baylor to draw closer than five points in the second half, iced the game with a 24-7 run featuring electrifying blocks by Sagaba Konate and two 3s by Adrian.

NOTES: West Virginia twice upset the No. 1 team at home previously, beating Kansas last season and UNLV 87-78 in 1983. ... Averaging 12 turnovers per game, Baylor committed that many within the opening 10 minutes Tuesday. ... Baylor was allowing 58.3 points per game, fourth-best in Division I, before Tuesday's game. ... Baylor F Johnathan Motley came in averaging 15.8 points and was held to eight points on 3-of-10 shooting.


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