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Matthews propels Mountaineers to upset victory over Baylor

MORGANTOWN W.Va- The Mountaineers knocked off the fourth-ranked Baylor Bears Saturday afternoon by the score of 76-64.

The Mountaineers, celebrating Senior night, gave Chase Harler, Logan Routt, and Jermaine Haley the starting nods, but quickly found themselves in an 8-0 hole early on.

The Mountaineers responded to the scoring drought with a 19-3 run, stretching deep into the second half, controlling the pace of the rest of the first half.

Despite 13 first-half turnovers, the Mountaineers were able to hold on to a 24-22 lead at halftime. 

The Mountaineer offense exploded in the second half, leaning on Emmitt Matthews Jr., who finished with an 18 point performance to help propel the upset.

The Mountaineers also got consistent scoring Oscar Tshiebwe, Sean McNeil, and Miles McBride who each had double-digit scoring afternoons, and helped seal the game away late in the second half. 

“We had two of the best practices we’ve had in a very long time,” said Huggins. “They were enthusiastic, and they had a bounce in their step so I thought we would play well.

In need of a strong home atmosphere against one of the fiercest teams in the Big 12 and country, and Coliseum showed up Saturday afternoon, according to the players.

“It was a great atmosphere out there,” said McBride. “The fans showed up and showed out.”

With the win, the Mountaineers finish the regular season at 21-10 (9-9) and will take a first-round bye into the Big 12 Tournament, before the national tournament starts up later this month.

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