West Virginia Mountaineers
Perfect and pulverizing. Kentucky made West Virginia’s press look pathetic.
Tarik Phillip hit a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left while the shot clock was winding down, adding the clinching points as fifth-seeded West Virginia held off No. 12 Buffalo 68-62 on Friday in their NCAA Tournament opener.
Taurean Prince scored 18 points off the bench, Royce O’Neale added 16 and No. 16 Baylor pulled away late to beat No. 18 West Virginia 80-70 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Frank Mason III capped one of the biggest comebacks in Allen Fieldhouse history by scoring the last eight points in overtime to lead No. 9 Kansas past No. 20 West Virginia 76-69 on Tuesday night for the Jayhawks’ 11th consecutive Big 12 championship.
Devin Williams scored 14 points to lead No. 20 West Virginia to a 71-64 win over Texas on Tuesday night.
Juwan Staten made a layup with 4 seconds left to lift No. 23 West Virginia to a 62-61 victory over No. 8 Kansas on Monday night.
Reserve Brandon Watkins scored a career-high 14 points and No. 21 West Virginia surrendered a double-digit lead before recovering for a 76-72 win over Kansas State on Wednesday night.
Buddy Hield scored 21 points and No. 21 Oklahoma defeated No. 15 West Virginia 71-52 on Tuesday night.
Jevon Carter sank two free throws with 1 second left in overtime to lift No. 18 West Virginia to an 86-85 victory over TCU on Saturday.
After an embarrassing home loss two weeks ago, Texas coach Rick Barnes questioned whether his team was really one of the best in the country or just a bunch of “phony tough guys.” Apparently not. The No. 20 Longhorns finally delivered a convincing answer Saturday night, dominating No. 16 West Virginia in a bruising 77-50 victory.
Abdel Nader scored 19 points to lead No. 17 Iowa State to a 74-72 victory over No. 14 West Virginia on Saturday night.
West Virginia senior quarterback Clint Trickett is retiring from football because of concussions and won’t play in the Liberty Bowl on Monday against Texas A&M.
The 22nd-ranked Mountaineers beat N.C. State 83-69 on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden as part of the Gotham Classic.
Jonathan Holton scored a career-high 21 points, leading No. 21 West Virginia to an 86-57 win over the College of Charleston on Saturday night.
Backup quarterback Skyler Howard threw three TD passes, Rushel Shell ran for 146 yards and West Virginia beat Iowa State 37-24 Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.