MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Rico Gathers had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and No. 19 Baylor used a strong start to beat No. 15 West Virginia 87-69 on Saturday.

Gathers earned his 12th double-double of the season. Royce O’Neale and Taurean Prince added 15 points apiece for Baylor (18-5, 6-4 Big 12).

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The Bears jumped ahead by 22 points in the first half and cruised from there, leading by as many as 26 points in the second half. Baylor shot 55 percent from the floor.

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Only a late 9-0 run helped the Mountaineers avoid the worst home loss in Bob Huggins’ eight seasons as their coach.

Devin Williams scored 20 points and Jevon Carter added 13 for West Virginia (18-5, 6-4), which has lost two straight for the first time this season.

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