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  • Associated Press West Virginia’s Sagaba Konate, left, and teammate Lamont West celebrate after beating No. 1 Baylor, the Bears’ first loss of the season. The Mountaineers have beaten the Bears three straight times.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 10:01 pm

No. 1 Baylor unbeaten no more

Staff, news services

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Nathan Adrian broke out of a shooting slump with a career-high 22 points, and No. 10 West Virginia beat No. 1 Baylor 89-68 on Tuesday night in the Bears’ first game as the top-ranked team in program history.

Baylor (15-1, 3-1 Big 12) committed a season-high 29 turnovers – the school record is 31 – and never led in its second true road game of the season. The loss means No. 5 Gonzaga is the only remaining unbeaten team in Division I.

West Virginia (14-2, 3-1) started the second half with an 11-3 run and kept pouring it on, leading by as many as 26 points down the stretch.

Jevon Carter added 17 points and Brandon Watkins scored 11 for West Virginia.

Terry Maston, Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. and Al Freeman each scored 10 for the Bears.

The Mountaineers have beaten Baylor three straight times and improved to 5-8 against teams ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll.

HUNTINGTON 83, SAINT FRANCIS 79: In Huntington, Mike Bush compiled 16 points, 15 assists and six rebounds to lead the hot-shooting Foresters (12-7, 3-4 Crossroads League) to an upset of third-ranked Saint Francis (15-4, 4-2) at Platt Arena. Huntington shot 47 percent to the Cougars’ 40 percent, and the hosts buried 13 of 30 3-pointers to overcome Saint Francis’ 41-35 advantage on the glass. Bryce Lienhoop had 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the Cougars.

MARIAN 79, GRACE 72: In Winona Lake, Wesley Stowers poured in 21 points, five assists and five rebounds as the visiting Knights held off Grace (9-10, 1-6 Crossroads League) at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. The Lancers received 10 points, six rebounds and five assists from Tre Olive on a night they fell behind 42-31 at halftime and shot 44 percent for the game.

BALL STATE 85, MIAMI (Ohio) 74: In Muncie, the Cardinals won their first Mid-American Conference game by beating the RedHawks. Ball State (10-6, 1-2) got 20 points from Frankie House, to lead five players in double figures.

No. 3 VILLANOVA 79, XAVIER 54: In Villanova, Pennsylvania, Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart each scored 20 points for the Wildcats. Villanova (16-1, 4-1 Big East) was dominant in the second half in its first game since its five-week run at No. 1 ended with a loss last week at Butler. The Wildcats made 15 of their first 20 shots in the second half and handed Xavier (13-3, 3-1) its first Big East loss.


No. 1 UCONN 102, No. 20 SOUTH FLORIDA 37: In Hartford, Connecticut, the Huskies tied its own NCAA record with its 90th consecutive win. Saniya Chong scored 20 points to lead six players in double figures for the Huskies (15-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference), who matched the streak Geno Auriemma’s program set between November 2008 and December 2010.

Maria Jespersen had 11 points for South Florida (13-2, 2-1 American Athletic Conference), which has never beaten UConn in 21 attempts.

MICHIGAN 78, INDIANA 74: In Ann Arbor, Michigan, Kysre Gondrezick went for 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds to help the Wolverines (14-4, 3-1 Big Ten) beat the Hoosiers (12-5, 2-2 Big Ten) at Crisler Center. Indiana shot 43 percent and committed 15 turnovers. Tyra Buss had 21 points and five assists for the Hoosiers, while Jenn Anderson had 21 points and 12 boards.