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Staten Lifts WVU Past Bears

Despite leaving Bears' best three-point shooter open and missing multiple free throws in the final minute, West Virginia got a much-needed victory over Baylor on Tuesday night, 66-64.

Staten hit a layup with 3 seconds left to lift WVU to victory.

With the clocking ticking down, junior point guard Juwan Staten used a screen on the perimeter, hesitated a bit, and then finished with a reverse layup to put West Virginia ahead with 3.1 seconds left.

A desperation three from Baylor went in, but came about a half second after the buzzer.

It was a fairly even scoring night for the Mountaineers. Staten (15 points), Remi Dibo (13), Eron Harris (12), and Terry Henderson (11) all scored in double figures.

Despite being dominated on the glass in the first half, 20-9, West Virginia was in control for most of the first twenty minutes of the game.

The Mountaineers took advantage of sloppy play from Baylor, and converted early points into easy layups at the other end. When Eron Harris was called for his second foul of the first half and went to the bench, West Virginia was clinging to a 17-16 lead.

Despite their leading scorer being out of the game, the Mountaineers extended the lead to 23-16, thanks to a pair of three-pointers from Remi Dibo off the bench. The Bears battled back to tie things up at 27 after four straight points from Brady Heslip.

The Mountaineers went on a 9-2 run, though, and got the lead back to 36-29, before giving up four straight points to the Bears, to close the half at 36-33.

Thanks in large part to six points from Harris, West Virginia extended the lead back to seven, 47-40, at the 15-minute mark. Once again, though, the Bears would not go away, and the two teams battled back and forth over the next ten minutes.

Eventually, West Virginia went on a 12-5 run, sparked again by Dibo, and led 64-56 with less than five minutes remaining.

As has been the case all season, though, the Mountaineers could not escape without some drama. The Bears closed it to within one, 64-63, with 56 seconds left after a wide-open three from Heslip.

Up one with 49 seconds left, Staten had an opportunity to extend the lead to three, but missed both free throws. The Bears went down to the other end and made 1-of-2 to tie things up, setting up Staten's game-winning drive.

West Virginia (12-9, 4-4) returns home on Saturday, hoping to avenge their loss to Kansas State earlier this month. The Mountaineers and Wildcats tip off at 1:30PM ET, and the game will be televised across the Big12 Network stations.

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