The Associated Press BEARS DOWN: West Virginia forward Brandon Watkins (20) dunks the ball on a fast break during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor Tuesday night in Morgantown, W.Va. The Mountaineers won 89-68.

The Associated Press BEARS DOWN: West Virginia forward Brandon Watkins (20) dunks the ball on a fast break during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor Tuesday night in Morgantown, W.Va. The Mountaineers won 89-68.

Mountaineers down top-ranked Baylor, 89-68

By The Associated Press
This article was published January 11, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

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.

West Virginia leads the nation with nearly 13 steals and 24 forced turnovers per game and rotated 13 players against Baylor to keep the pressure on. The Mountaineers had 15 steals Tuesday.

The Mountaineers have beaten Baylor three straight times and improved to 5-8 against teams ranked No. 1 in the AP poll.

Big picture

Baylor: The Bears looked disorganized from the start and lost to a ranked opponent for the first time after four earlier wins. They fell to 1-7 all-time in top-10 matchups.

West Virginia: The scrappy Mountaineers were outrebounded 41-32. But they had 13 more shot attempts than the Bears, which is what coach Bob Huggins wants every game -- more opportunities.

Up next

Baylor plays at No. 25 Kansas State on Saturday.

West Virginia travels to Texas on Saturday.

No. 3 Villanova 79, No. 15 Xavier 54

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart each scored 20 points and No. 3 Villanova beat No. 15 Xavier 79-54 on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (16-1, 4-1 Big East) were dominant in the second half in their first game since their five-week run at No. 1 ended with a loss last week at Butler.

Jalen Brunson scored in transition off a steal and Donte DiVincenzo and Hart each converted three-point plays midway through the second half to help bust the game open.

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.

The Musketeers again struggled in a big game at the Pavilion. The teams split a pair of games last season, each winning at home.

But Xavier had lost its past three games at Villanova by an average of nearly 23 points and cooled after a solid start. Xavier missed 10 straight shots and 14 of 15 overall midway through the first half and lost an eight-point lead.

Jenkins made four 3s and the Wildcats hit eight overall.

Edmond Sumner led the Musketeers with 11 points and they ended a six-game winning streak.

No. 6 Kentucky 87, Vanderbilt 81

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Malik Monk scored six points in the final 32 seconds, and No. 6 Kentucky remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference by holding off Vanderbilt 87-81 Tuesday night.

Kentucky (14-2, 4-0) came in having beaten its first three SEC opponents by at least 23 points, something the Wildcats hadn't done since the 1953-54 season. Vanderbilt (8-8, 2-2) closed to 83-81 on Jeff Roberson's putback with 17.9 seconds left. But the rally fizzled from there.

Monk, who hit Kentucky's last field goal with 32 seconds left, hit two free throws with 17 seconds left. Vanderbilt's last shot, a 3 from Matthew Fisher-Davis, was off target with 9 seconds remaining, and Monk finished off the win with two more foul shots.

Isaiah Briscoe led Kentucky with 23 points, De'Aaron Fox had 22, Monk finished with 18 and Edrice "Bam" Adebayo had 14.

Roberson, Fisher-Davis and Riley LaChance each scored 19 points for Vanderbilt. Luke Kornet added 16.

The Wildcats got into early foul trouble that kept Monk and Fox on the bench for much of the first half.

Monk, the SEC's leading scorer, picked up his second foul with 16:54 left in the first half, followed quickly by Fox getting his second 11 seconds later. They both went to the bench, and the Commodores finally started knocking down some shots.

The Wildcats led 45-41 at halftime but couldn't push their lead past eight in the second half.

Vanderbilt last led 53-51 on a three-point play by LaChance and stayed close despite the SEC's best shooters outside the arc hitting just 8 of 29 (27.6 percent).

Sports on 01/11/2017
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