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#12 Virginia falls at #16 West Virginia, 68-61

uva virginia basketballKyle Guy had 18 second-half points after a scoreless first half, but West Virginia got stops down the stretch to hold off Virginia, 68-61, Tuesday in Morgantown.

The 12th-ranked ‘Hoos (8-1) rallied from an early second-half seven-point deficit to take a 41-39 lead at the 12:49 mark on the third of three consecutive three-pointers by Guy, who later tied the game at 56 with a three at the 4:51 mark.

A jumper by Lamont West, who had 22 points for WVU (8-1), put the Mountaineers ahead, 58-56, with 4:19 to go, and a West three at the 2:59 mark extended the lead to five.

Ty Jerome answered with a three for UVA with 2:34 to go to cut the deficit to two, but after a West Virginia miss, Jerome was called for a traveling violation with 1:27 left.

West made a pair of free throws after a Jerome foul at the 1:11 mark, then Jerome turned the ball over again, trying to find Guy in the left corner, with 56 seconds left.


West Virginia closed the game out at the free-throw line, converting on 5-of-6 charity tosses in the final 44 seconds.

The Cavaliers availed themselves well in the tough WVU Coliseum environment, getting back up off the deck after a rough opening few minutes that saw them fall behind 7-0 early, missing three shots and committing three turnovers in their first six possessions.

Virginia had 14 turnovers on the game, five above its season average, against the Press Virginia full-court defense, and shot 41.3 percent from the floor (19-of-46) and 9-of-23 from three-point range (39.1 percent).

West Virginia shot 42 percent for the game (21-of-50) and 40 percent from three (10-of-25).

The ‘Neers had a 32-27 edge in rebounding. The Cavs outscored WVU 14-8 in the paint.

Devon Hall had 19 points to lead Virginia, shooting 7-of-12 from the floor, with six rebounds and four assists, in 36 minutes.

Guy was 6-of-17 from the floor for the game, after missing all six of his shot attempts in the first half.

Jevon Carter led all scorers with 23 points, shooting 6-of-12 from the floor, and connecting on 9-of-10 at the free-throw line.