Late layup caps 66-64 win for West Virginia at Baylor

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WACO, Texas -- Juwan Staten made a reverse layup with 3.1 seconds left and West Virginia held on to beat Baylor, 66-64, Tuesday night.

The Mountaineers (12-9, 4-4 Big 12) went nearly five minutes without scoring, blowing an eight-point lead in the process, before Staten drove the baseline under the basket before making the winning shot. He finished with a game-high 15 points and nine assists.

Kenny Chery banked in what would have been a winning 3-pointer for Baylor (13-7, 1-6), but it came after the buzzer sounded. Officials looked at replay to confirm that he didn't get the shot off in time.

The Bears lost their fifth in a row, their longest losing streak since dropping six in a row five years ago. They have lost three in a row at the Ferrell Center after a 13-game home winning streak.

Baylor's last lead was 9-8 only five minutes into the game. The Bears tied the score three times after halftime, including 64-64 when Rico Gathers made the second of his two free-throw attempts with 36 seconds left before West Virginia's final possession.

Remi Dibo added 13 points, Eron Harris had 12 and Terry Henderson 11 for West Virginia, which scored 18 points off 17 turnovers by Baylor.

The Bears didn't score any points off six West Virginia turnovers.

West Virginia, which won only three Big 12 road games all last season, has already won three times in five conference games away from home this year.

Before Staten's clutch shot, the Mountaineers had gone scoreless since two free throws by Harris with 4:55 left for a 64-56 lead.

Brady Heslip's 3-pointer got Baylor within 64-63 with 1:08 left, and Staten missed two free throws with 49 seconds left.

Heslip had 13 points to lead Baylor, including four 3-pointers, Taurean Prince added 11 points and Chery scored 10. Gathers had eight points and 12 rebounds.

West Virginia returns home Saturday to face Kansas State at WVU Coliseum.


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