Turnovers Hurt The West Virginia Mountaineers

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West Virginia Mountaineers had a hard time holding onto the ball tonight in Waco, Texas in a game against the Baylor Bears. The Mountaineers had three turnovers in the first two minutes of the game, and had a total of 18 turnovers the entire game. These 18 turnovers led to 23 points for Baylor.

They need to figure out a way to take care of the basketball and figure it out now. With only seven games left before the Big 12 tourney and March Madness, the Mountaineers need to fix this before they travel to play Kansas State, Oklahoma and Kansas. They also need to find a way to control the game before the Cowboys of Oklahoma State come to Morgantown.

The Mountaineers played a great first half, and was only down by three at the half, but the second half was controlled all the way to the final buzzer by the Bears thanks in part to Brady Heslip, who scored 20 point with six three-pointers, and Rico Gathers, who had a season-high 22 points.

Even with being in foul trouble, the Bears pulled out the victory and never trailed during the game. The Mountaineers had their chances but could never captivate on them. This loss ended the Mountaineers three game winning streak and put them in the bottom half of the Big 12 standings.

There are a lot of games left for coach Bob Huggins team. They need to get back home, regroup, figure out a way to hold onto the ball and get ready for Texas Tech on Saturday, a game they should win. This was a great win for Baylor which moved them within a game of the lead in the Big 12 standings. They have a chance this Saturday to move into a tie for first when they travel to Manhattan to play Kansas State.

John D. Hayden  is a Writer and Contributor for RantSports.com, covering the NCAA and NBA.  Follow John on twitter @jdhayden09, or add his Google +  to your circles for all of his latest articles, thoughts, and rants.

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