Second half dooms WVU in first loss since November

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Second half dooms WVU in first loss since November

The loss, which dropped West Virginia to 15-2 on the season, was the program's first since it suffered a season-opening defeat November 10 against Texas A&M.

Evans hit a lean-in jumper to give the Red Raiders a four-point lead in the final minute. Immediately after the win, and possibly before the final whistle, Red Raiders fans stormed the court.

Brandone Francis finally had his breakout game. The Red Raiders shot 58 percent in the second half while holding the Mountaineers to 33 percent. So the result not only put the Red Raiders once again in a tie for first in the league standings, but also evened out the conference race with four one-loss teams.

West Virginia controlled most of the first half behind its pressing defense and 3-point shooting. Two of the three in school history were this week, starting with a 75-65 loss to No. 9 Oklahoma on Tuesday.

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Moritz Wagner scored a career-high 27 points, lifting MI to a victory over the fourth-ranked Spartans. The Wolverines (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) have won eight of nine games overall and two straight against their rivals. Forward Esa Ahmad missed the first 16 games of the season on NCAA suspension for undisclosed reasons.

NO. 5 WICHITA ST. 72, TULSA 69: Landry Shamet and backcourt mate Conner Frankamp scored 16 each as the visiting Shockers (14-2, 5-0 AAC) survived a scare. Sagaba Konate leads in rebounds with 7.5 while Carter tops in assists with 6.8 per game.

With Kansas winning by one over K-State and Oklahoma edging TCU in overtime, four teams are deadlocked atop the Big 12 after five games. Okonkwo had 12 rebounds, Moore had 17 points and 11 boards and Toree Thompson had 14 points. Jaylen Fisher had a career-high 22 points for TCU (13-4, 1-4). He ended up scoring 18 points off the bench.

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In Dallas, Julius Randle's rebound and late putback sealed an overtime victory for Los Angeles. Willie Cauley-Stein had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings in their fourth straight loss.

Villanova 78, St. John's 71: Donte DiVincenzo hit six 3-pointers and scored 25 points to help No. 1 Villanova silence a rowdy NY crowd and hold off upset-minded St. John's at Madison Square Garden.

"They beat us off the dribble and we didn't guard the ball-screen", said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, whose team had reeled off 15 consecutive wins. Anthony Lawrence II and Lonnie Walker IV had 16 points each for Miami (13-3, 2-2).

In the first 20 minutes, it was a battle of runs. Luke Maye had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (14-4, 3-2). But, it was 21 turnovers by the Bears that led to 20 WVU points that proved to be their undoing.

No. 23 Florida State 101, Syracuse 90, 2 OT: Briain Angola scored 24 points and Christ Koumadje added a career-high 23 for Florida State (13-4, 2-3 ACC).

Colorado 68, UCLA 59: George King scored 26 points, and Colorado dropped UCLA out of first place in the Pac-12.

The biggest lead for the Frogs, who had never won in Morgantown, was when they scored the first three points in overtime. Ahmad finished with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting with six rebounds. "That's what everybody does, because that's how you can get to the free-throw line". You're a top 10 team that was favored at home. The game went back and forth for about the next 5 1/2 minutes until West Virginia made another run to end the half.

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