Knapper leads WVU over Oklahoma 79-71
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — On a day where a groundhog predicted an early spring, West Virginia basketball fans got the opposite, a little sun shine.
While Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow on a cloudy day in Pennsylvania, Brandon Knapper came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points to lead West Virginia over Oklahoma 79-71 on Saturday.
Mason scores 29, Baylor defeats West Virginia 85-73
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.
WVU squeaks by Jacksonville State 74-72
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Wesley Harris scored a career-high 20 points and had eight rebounds to lead West Virginia over Jacksonville State 74-72 on Saturday.
Despite a sloppy shooting performance in the first half (13 of 34), the Mountaineers (7-4) got out to as much as a nine-point lead over the Gamecocks. However, Jacksonville State (7-5) reduced its deficit and even took the lead with under five minutes to go.
West Virginia trounces Youngstown State 106-72
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — James "Beetle" Bolden and Esa Ahmad each scored 15 points to lead West Virginia over Youngstown State, 106-72, on Saturday.
It took no time at all for the offense to get started for the Mountaineers (5-2), as Bolden scored 11 points in the first five minutes, leading WVU on a 16-5 opening run.
West Virginia preview capsule
Last season: 26-11, lost to Villanova in East Region semifinals.
Coach: Bob Huggins
Conference: Big 12
Who's gone: G Jevon Carter, the team's leading scorer and two-time Big 12 defensive player of the year; G Daxter Miles Jr.; F Teddy Allen; F Maciej Bender.
Who's back: F Sagaba Konate, 10.8 PPG. 7.6 RPG; F Esa Ahmad, 10.2 PPG; F Lamont West, 9.4 PPG; G James "Beetle" Bolden, 8.7 PPG; F Wes Harris, 5.3 PPG; F Logan Routt; G Chase Harler.