Waco, Texas- Taurean Price scored 20 points and No. 19 Baylor pummeled No. 20 West Virginia 78-66 on Saturday.
The Mountaineers were without senior guard Juwan Staten, who suffered a left knee and groin injury against Texas on Tuesday. Senior Gary Browne was expected to carry West Virginia, but the guard suffered an ankle injury less than three minutes into the game after a collision with Rico Gathers while going for a loose ball.
A 275-pound Gathers rolled onto a 195-pound Browne’s leg while going for the ball. Browne instantly grabbed his ankle in pain and was helped off the court. He later returned to the bench with an ice bag on his left ankle.
Gathers notched his league-leading 15th double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Baylor. Royce O’Neale tallied 18 points and Al Freeman added 10.
Jevon Carter stepped up dropping seven from beyond-the-arc, but the Mountaineers couldn’t overcome a 19 point deficit. Daxter Miles Jr. scored 11 points.
West Virginia trailed Baylor 45-29 at halftime on 65 percent shooting. The Mountaineers shot 48 percent from the field and went three of 10 from beyond-the-arc.
Jonathan Holton grabbed 10 rebounds, including two big offensive rebounds that helped the Mountaineers climb back into the game.
Carter hit his fifth three-pointer to pull West Virginia within 11 with 12:03 left, forcing Baylor to call timeout.
Miles made two free throws to cut the Bears’ lead to 56-57 with 10:43 to go.
Carter carried the Mountaineers in the second half, but Baylor had an answer for everything.
Prince made a three with 6:24 left to extend Baylor’s lead to 18 and seal the game.
The Mountaineers will travel to Lawrence, Kansas on Tuesday night to take on the Jayhawks.