Mason scores 29, Baylor defeats West Virginia 85-73

By JOHN LOWE, Associated Press
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Both Baylor and West Virginia upset AP Top 10 teams on Saturday, but only one team got to build on that momentum.
Makai Mason scored a season-high 29 points as the Bears cruised to an 85-73 win over West Virginia on Monday night.
Baylor (12-6, 4-2 Big 12) survived a second-half comeback attempt to grab their fourth win in five games.
“Anytime you play a West Virginia team with Coach Huggins, you got to fight them for 40 minutes,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said.
Baylor got out to as much as a 17-point lead in the first half behind big 3-point plays by Devonte Bandoo. The Bears extended their lead to 59-38 with just under 16 minutes left.
“I felt pretty relaxed,” Mason said. “We did a great job of preparing, so that definitely helped.”
Then freshman Brandon Knapper started to turn the tide for the Mountaineers (9-10, 1-6), leading his team to a quick 13-2 run to cut the Baylor lead to 10 with just under 11 minutes to go.
After a back-and-forth battle between the two teams for the next few minutes, Mario Kegler hit a layup and a trio of free throws to put the Bears back up 13. West Virginia wouldn’t be able to close the gap.
“We didn’t do a very good job with the press,” Drew said. “The good thing about a Monday game is that it gives us a lot of time to work on it for the weekend.”
Kegler scored 18 points and Bandoo added 13 points for the Bears. King McClure had eight rebounds.
James “Beetle” Bolden led the Mountaineers with 22 points. Brandon Knapper added a career-high 15 and Derek Culver had eight rebounds.
“We were 1 and 5 in the league,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “How could you not be ready to play? Now, we’re 1 and 6. I don’t understand how you could not be ready to play.”
WVU center Sagaba Konate missed his 10th straight game with a knee injury.
BIG PICTURE
Baylor: The Bears have won four of their last five games, including a near-win against then-No. 7 Kansas on Jan. 12. Despite being unable to put away West Virginia, Baylor seems to be heating up at the right time.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers exhibited their classic “Press Virginia” style of play, forcing 16 Baylor turnovers in the second half, prompting a serious comeback to keep them in the game. That kind of ferocious press is exactly what WVU will need in hopes to upset No. 1 Tennessee and No. 24 Iowa State.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Baylor could not find consistency on all ends of the floor. In the first half, the Bears struggled from the foul line (4 of 14) and impressed from beyond the arc (6 of 16). In the second half, it was the opposite as Baylor went 15 of 17 from the foul line and only made two 3-pointers.
HISTORIC LOW
The Mountaineers fall to 1-6 in conference play for the first time since 2002. It was West Virginia’s last season with Gale Catlett at the helm, losing to St. John’s, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Rutgers twice and Seton Hall before beating Providence. WVU would end up going 8-20 that season.
FRUSTRATION BREWING IN MORGANTOWN
Huggins was not at all pleased with his team’s effort in the paint.
“I don’t understand how we can continuously miss the shots that we miss,” Huggins said. “We were 10 for 26 in layups and shots around the rim.”
Despite this, WVU outscored the Bears 22-16 in the paint.
UP NEXT
Baylor returns home to host Alabama in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday.
West Virginia heads to Knoxville to take on top-ranked Tennessee in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. on Saturday.
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Western Kentucky hands Marshall 1st conference loss

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Josh Anderson scored 25 points with five steals, Charles Bassey had 17 points and a season-high 17 rebounds for his eighth double-double of his freshman season and Western Kentucky handed Marshall its first conference loss of the season, 68-59 on Monday night.
Western Kentucky (10-9, 3-3 Conference USA), which lost three straight conference games by a total of five points in early January, snapped Marshall’s 30-game winning streak when leading at halftime.
Marshall (12-7, 5-1), the defending Conference USA tournament champions, had won nine straight games in league play. Jon Elmore led the Thundering Herd with 17 points.
In the closing seconds of the first half, Jarrod West made a steal near midcourt and had a wide-open path to the basket but pulled up and made a long 3-pointer. His left shoe came off during his defensive stand and the 5-foot-11 sophomore gave Marshall a 25-24 lead at the break.
Both teams shot less than 36 percent in the first half with Marshall at 32.6. The Thundering Herd finished 22 of 66 (35.5).

Brown leads as No. 2 Baylor women roll past W Virginia 79-47

WACO, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown turned the ball over once and missed a couple easy shots in the first few minutes Sunday.
That earned Baylor’s senior All-America center a seat on coach Kim Mulkey’s bench. But when Brown returned to the game less than a minute later, she did so with a different mentality, started making shots and the Lady Bears fed off that.
Brown scored 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead five players in double figures, and No. 2 Baylor beat West Virginia 79-47 to remain unbeaten in Big 12 play.
“She said I had to finish shots,” Brown said of her coach. “I said, ‘OK.’ So when I got my chance to come back in, I just tried to get back in there and finish shots. She has a way of motivating me.”
The Lady Bears (15-1, 5-0) shot 50 percent from the floor, including 58 percent in a dominant first half.
Baylor never trailed after an 8-0 run in the first quarter and outscored the Mountaineers 20-2 over a seven-minute stretch in the second to take a 45-22 lead into halftime. West Virginia (12-5, 3-3) never got any closer than 18 in the second half.
“I think our depth (led to the second quarter run),” Mulkey said. “They have some injuries, and depth took a toll. I was really proud that we were able to rest a lot of kids. We’ve got a big game again Wednesday, and we’re going to have to chase shooters all over the floor.”
Juicy Landrum and Lauren Cox both had 13 points, and NaLyssa Smith had 11 and Queen Egbo 10 for Baylor. Chloe Jackson led the Lady Bears with a career-high 10 assists.
Tynice Martin was 4 for 8 from 3-point range and led West Virginia (12-5, 3-3) with 18 points. Madisen Smith had 11 points, and Naomi Davenport added 10 for West Virginia, which shot 31 percent and had only four players with a basket.
“We took a beating. I think Baylor’s very, very good,” West Virginia coach Mike Carey said. “I’ve watched a lot of teams on TV, and I think they’re as good as anybody in the country. They keep coming at you in the paint. Even their freshmen coming off the bench, they just pound the paint. I’m disappointed we just totally quit blocking out, but we don’t have the numbers and they wore us down.”
BIG PICTURE
West Virginia: Martin scored eight points in the first 5:19 of the game to help the Mountaineers to an early lead, but she was guarded closer after that and didn’t receive much help. West Virginia received only one point from its bench and couldn’t handle Baylor’s depth, especially in the frontcourt.
Baylor: The Lady Bears dominated all aspects of the game under the basket on both ends of the floor. They outscored the Mountaineers 56-12 in the paint, outrebounded them 51-28 and had a 10-0 advantage in blocked shots. They also moved the ball effectively, to the tune of 28 assists with eight turnovers.
UP NEXT
West Virginia: Home against Texas Tech on Wednesday.
Baylor: Home against Iowa State on Wednesday.
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QBs Lock, Grier, Jones among NFL prospects at Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — NFL scouts, coaches and prospects have gathered in Mobile, Alabama, for the Senior Bowl.
The game for top senior NFL prospects and junior graduates will feature quarterbacks like Missouri’s Drew Lock, West Virginia’s Will Grier and Duke’s Daniel Jones.
The North and South teams have weigh-in Tuesday morning, followed by media day and separate practices at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
They’ll have a week of practices and interviews with NFL teams trying to prove themselves on and off the field.
Last year’s group included No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield and No. 7 selection Josh Allen at quarterback.
Lesser-known players are also trying to enhance their first-round chances. That group includes prolific pass rushers like Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson and Old Dominion’s Oshane Ximines.
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Haley’s layup lifts West Virginia over No. 7 Kansas 65-64

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self left his postgame news conference, saw West Virginia’s Bob Huggins down a hallway and stopped for a handshake.
“Go win the rest of them,” Self said.
Wishful thinking, perhaps. But Huggins will gladly take this one over his friend in what has become a forgettable season.
Jermaine Haley hurried up the court and hit a layup with 8.5 seconds left, completing a late rally that lifted West Virginia over No. 7 Kansas 65-64 on Saturday.
The Mountaineers (9-9, 1-5 Big 12) scored the final seven points to break a five-game losing streak.
West Virginia has fallen on hard times since being ranked No. 13 in the AP preseason poll. But three defensive stops down the stretch made a difference against the Jayhawks and gave the Mountaineers a reason to think there’s time this season to turn things around.
“It’s just a matter of being mentally tough enough to do the right things,” Huggins said. “I’m just happy to win. This isn’t where we thought we’d be.”
Haley hit all five of his field-goal tries and tied a season high with 13 points despite playing with a bandage on his injured left wrist. Huggins said he has implored Haley to drive to the basket.
The junior college transfer listened.
“I know everybody has been waiting on me to attack and get a little bit more aggressive,” Haley said. “The more minutes I play, the more comfortable I get. I’m very aware of my game and what I can do, so I think this is just another stepping stone as far as the season is going.”
Dedric Lawson and Marcus Garrett made layups 29 seconds apart to give the Jayhawks (15-3, 4-2) their largest lead at 64-58 with 2:34 left. But Kansas didn’t score again.
Wes Harris responded with a 3-pointer for West Virginia and Derek Culver’s layup cut the deficit to 64-63 with 1:26 remaining. Culver then grabbed a rebound, but threw the ball straight to Garrett with 54 seconds left.
West Virginia got another chance after Lagerald Vick’s airball. Haley rushed, drove past Quentin Grimes and made the go-ahead layup.
Self said he should have called timeout after Haley’s basket. His intention, with Kansas in a double bonus and down one point, was to drive to the basket and either score or force a foul.
Instead, Vick missed a 3-point try from the corner as time ran out, and West Virginia fans stormed the court after the Mountaineers’ fifth win over the Jayhawks in their last six meetings in Morgantown.
“You can’t get this one back,” Self said. “We’ll be OK.”
James “Beetle” Bolden added 12 points despite playing with an illness and Culver scored 12 for West Virginia.
Lawson and Garrett had 15 points apiece for Kansas, which had won three in a row. Vick scored 13.
BIG PICTURE
Kansas: The Jayhawks committed 18 turnovers, including 13 in the first half, and missed several chances to put West Virginia away down the stretch. The Jayhawks got just four points from their bench.
West Virginia: It marked a good start to West Virginia’s toughest stretch of the season with four ranked opponents over six games. The Mountaineers also play at No. 3 Tennessee in the SEC/Big 12 challenge on Jan. 26, host No. 20 Oklahoma on Feb. 2 and play at No. 8 Texas Tech on Feb. 4.
HUGGINS BONUS
Huggins earned an extra $25,000 for beating Kansas — a contract bonus that he donates to cancer research in the name of his late mother.
BIG ATMOSPHERE
A little over a year ago, West Virginia was ranked No. 2. Saturday marked the first taste of a raucous home atmosphere for several new players, including Culver.
“That right there, I enjoy that,” he said “Me, being a freshman and a deer in headlights when it comes to things like that, that was fun. I’m not going to lie, that was fun.”
UP NEXT
Kansas hosts Iowa State on Monday night before traveling to Kentucky next Saturday for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
West Virginia hosts Baylor on Monday night.
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Rudd, Martin lead West Virginia women by No. 18 Cyclones

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Lucky Rudd and Tynice Martin combined for 42 points, 16 in the fourth quarter when they made 12 of 14 free throws, and West Virginia pulled away for a 73-64 win over No. 18 Iowa State on Wednesday night.
Rudd had 22 points, making 11 of 13 free throws, 7 of 8 in the fourth quarter when she had her three steals. Martin had 20 points, nine in the fourth quarter when she was 5 of 6 from the line, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Naomi Davenport added 15 points for the Mountaineers (12-4, 3-2 Big 12), who have won three straight.
Iowa State (13-4, 3-2) led 48-46 entering the fourth quarter when Martin and Rudd promptly made two free throws, which capped a 7-0 run. The Cyclones tied it but a 3-point play by Kari Niblack put West Virginia up for good.
While West Virginia was going 6 of 12 from the field and 15 of 17 from the line in the fourth quarter, Iowa State went 4 of 14, missing all five of its shots from distance, and was 8 of 8 from the line with five turnovers.
Bridget Carleton had 26 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for Iowa State.

TCU travels to K-State in key Big 12 matchup

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer
A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference.
GAME OF THE WEEKEND: TCU at Kansas State. The Wildcats got preseason player of the year Dean Wade back on Saturday, and he helped K-State stun Iowa State 58-57. TCU followed up a two-point loss at Oklahoma by blasting West Virginia by 31 points on Tuesday. While neither team might be considered a title contender just yet, both have the capability to push for a strong finish — and Saturday’s matchup in Manhattan could be a major step in that direction.
LOOKING AHEAD: Seventh-ranked Kansas travels to face West Virginia. The Mountaineers are 0-5 in the conference, their worst league start in 23 years. West Virginia played in the Big East back then. … No. 8 Texas Tech plays at Baylor. The Bears beat Oklahoma State on Monday for their first league road win. But they’ll be without star Tristan Clark, who is out for the season with a knee injury. … The Cowboys will face Iowa State in Ames. It’ll be a must win for the Cyclones, who play at Kansas and at No. 18 Mississippi next week. … Oklahoma and Texas square off in Austin. The Longhorns are 2-3 in the league, but it’ll be interesting to see if they gained any momentum from nearly knocking off the Jayhawks in Phog Allen Fieldhouse.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Marcus Garrett, Kansas: Garrett, a 6-foot-5 sophomore guard and the 2017 player of the year in Texas, exploded for 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting to help the Jayhawks hold off the Longhorns 80-78 last weekend. Kansas needs its backcourt to step up and help Dedric Lawson out with Udoka Azubuike out for the season, and Garrett’s assertiveness against Texas was a good sign for the Jayhawks. Garrett’s previous season high was just 11 points.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Fifteen players entered Wednesday’s action shooting at least 50 percent from the floor. Jaxson Hayes of Texas led the way at 75 percent. … TCU led the league with 80.4 points a game after its outburst against the Mountaineers. The Horned Frogs were also first in field goal percentage at 48.4. … It hasn’t been a great year at the charity stripe for the Big 12. Eight teams were shooting under 70 percent from the line heading into Wednesday’s action, and Tech a paltry 71.4 percent led the conference.
ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE: Baylor moved up two spots to second in Monday’s poll. The Lady Bears received six first-place votes. … No. 11 Texas hosts TCU on Saturday, while No. 18 Iowa State — which lost to the Longhorns 64-62 in Ames last weekend, hosts Oklahoma. The Sooners, typically a strong program, are just 5-10 and are allowing a league-high 75.1 points per game.
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Bane scores 26 points in 98-67 TCU win over West Virginia

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Basketball Writer
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Desmond Bane and TCU quickly got over the sting of consecutive tough road losses to Top 25 teams that knocked them out of the poll. The Horned Frogs returned home with their biggest margin of victory in a Big 12 game.
And for West Virginia, which like TCU is in its seventh Big 12 season, it was their most-lopsided conference loss during that time.
Bane scored 26 points to lead six TCU players in double figures as the Frogs won 98-67 on Tuesday night, sending West Virginia to its first 0-5 conference record in 23 years.
“We didn’t compete,” Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins said. “We got down, and we kind of settled to lose, instead of competing.”
TCU (13-3, 2-2 Big 12) missed seven of its first eight shots before runs of 13-0 and 11-0 in the first half on way to a 20-point halftime lead. The Horned Frogs, coming off losses last week at Kansas and Oklahoma, led by as many as 35 points after halftime.
“Wow,” Bane responded when told about it being the biggest Big 12 win for the Frogs. “It shows where the program’s headed. The ceiling’s high for this program.”
“You’ve got to win your home games, and you want to split on the road, is the best formula for a Big 12 championship,” said TCU coach Jaime Dixon, in his third season at his alma mater. “We went 0-2, but we played at two of the tougher places, tough venues, best teams. Both games we could have won.”
West Virginia (8-9, 0-5) appears to be going in the opposite direction.
The last time the Mountaineers lost their first five conference games was in their inaugural Big East season in 1995-96, which was 11 years before Huggins became their coach.
“We’re just not any good,” Huggins said. “We miss shots and throw the ball around.”
Alex Robinson had 14 points and 10 assists for TCU. JD Miller added 13 points for TCU, while Kouat Noi and Lat Mayen each had 12. Kevin Samuel scored 10 points.
James Bolden led West Virginia with 15 points, and Wesley Harris had 13.
Bane’s jumper after his offensive rebound just less than five minutes into the game made it 6-5 and put the Frogs ahead to stay, and their next basket was Bane’s putback slam after Miller missed a breakaway layup.
BIG PICTURE
West Virginia: The Mountaineers had won 12 of the previous 13 meetings against TCU, but never had a chance in this one after TCU had its first big run.
TCU: The Frogs played their fourth consecutive game without point guard Jaylen Fisher because of swelling in his right knee, and it’s unclear when — or if — he will play again this season. Robinson had 10 of TCU’s 20 assists.
MORE MOUNTAINEERS
West Virginia used 14 different players in the game.
“If I had more, I would have played them, I think. I’m just looking for somebody to go out and compete,” Huggins said.
ASCHIERIS ACENSION
Owen Aschieris was a member of the TCU women’s basketball practice team last season, before walking on to the men’s team this season. He was awarded a scholarship Monday. The 6-foot-1 guard had played in five games, but hadn’t scored until Tuesday night. He was 4-for-4 on free throws, going to the line after both of West Virginia’s technical fouls in the final four minutes.
UP NEXT
West Virginia has two home games in three days. The Mountaineers host No. 7 Kansas on Saturday, then play Baylor next Monday night.
After its first home game in 10 days, TCU is back on the road for the third time in a four-game stretch on Saturday at Kansas State.
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West Virginia’s Brown adds to defensive staff

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Former safety Jahmile Addae is returning to West Virginia as a coach on the defensive staff.
New West Virginia coach Neal Brown announced Addae’s hiring Tuesday.
Addae spent last season as the defensive backs coach at Minnesota. He also spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Arizona. Addae was a four-year starter at West Virginia, graduating in 2006.
Brown also announced the hiring of Al Pogue as a defensive assistant. Pogue was the cornerbacks coach under Brown at Troy last season.
Brown will announce staff assignments at a later time.

Hertl’s hat trick leads Sharks past Penguins 5-2

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tomas Hertl needed just three games to get his first NHL hat trick. It was more than a five-year wait for the second one, which came while he’s playing perhaps the best hockey of his career.
Hertl knocked down Evgeni Malkin with his backside to score his first goal, got the second off a rebound and capped a big night with an empty-net goal that gave him 100 for his career and sealed the seventh straight win for the San Jose Sharks, 5-2 over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.
“It was wild. It was over five years,” Hertl said. “I scored it in my third game. It had been a while. It’s always fun and guys were just looking for me. I had an easy job on the last one and just knocked it in.”
Joe Thornton celebrated his 1,000th game for San Jose with a goal, Marcus Sorensen also scored and Evander Kane had three assists as the Sharks improved to 16-3-2 in their past 21 games with a convincing victory over the dangerous Penguins.
Martin Jones made 22 saves to tie a career best by winning his eighth straight start.
“I thought that was as complete a game as we’ve played all year,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “I thought our defense was solid, Jonesy was solid, special teams. And we did get contributions from all four lines. I really thought, especially the second period, we really set the game up for ourselves with how well we played.”
Kris Letang and Derick Brassard scored for the Penguins, who have lost two in a row following a stretch of 10 wins in 11 games. Matt Murray stopped 24 shots but had his career-high nine-game winning streak snapped.
“They brought their A game tonight,” coach Mike Sullivan said. “They were really good. They’re one of the better teams we’ve played this season. They outplayed us all over the rink. We weren’t good enough and I know we are better than that. We didn’t execute tonight.”
One game after Brent Burns capped his 1,000th career game with a game-winning goal for San Jose, Thornton made the most of his milestone appearance as well by scoring in the second period. After Sorensen drew a delayed penalty, the Sharks set up in the offensive zone. Joe Pavelski fed Thornton in the slot for a one-timer that beat Murray to give him 18 seasons with at least 10 goals.
That led to another long ovation for Thornton, who received one in the first period when a tribute for his 1,000th game in San Jose was shown on the videoboard.
“Jumbo’s breaking a record every shift, so we’re kind of getting sick and tired of it as a group,” Kane quipped. “Every time out. His 1,000th game as a Shark, passing (Mario) Lemieux, (Wayne) Gretzky and whoever else on whatever other list he’s climbing. It’s good to see him find the back of the net. A big one-timer there. That was a big goal to help us extend the lead.”
Brassard scored late for the Penguins after Murray had been pulled, but it wasn’t enough as the Sharks restored their three-goal lead with Hertl’s empty-netter.
The Penguins opened the scoring when Letang finished a brilliant end-to-end rush by skating around Erik Karlsson and beating Jones with a backhand. But the Sharks got most of the chances after that and took control with two quick goals of their own.
They tied the game when Karlsson’s shot from the top of the circle deflected off Sorensen and into the net. San Jose took the lead with a highlight-reel goal from Hertl, who got the puck in the corner, knocked down Malkin, skated toward the middle, deked Jack Johnson and beat Murray to the far side.
“They outdid us in every zone,” Penguins forward Phil Kessel said. “Obviously, we didn’t do the little things right. They got to our net a lot. They got some rebound goals. Offensively we didn’t create enough opportunities for our guys.”
NOTES: Sharks forward Joonas Donskoi played after missing the final two periods Saturday with an apparent head injury. … San Jose D Marc-Edouard Vlasic missed his sixth straight game with an undisclosed injury.
UP NEXT
Penguins: Visit the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.
Sharks: At the Coyotes on Wednesday.
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