MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Royce O'Neale enjoyed a career day and Baylor topped West Virginia 88-75 Saturday in a battle of Big 12 teams striving to make noise in front of the NCAA Tournament.
O'Neale scored 22 points, connecting on 8 of 8 field goal attempts, including 4 of 4 from long range. He entered the game at 6 points per game, and had two points in the last meeting between the teams. O'Neale was one of five players to score in double figures for Baylor (18-9, 6-8 Big 12).
Others included Isaiah Austin (19), Cory Jefferson (15), Kenny Chery (13) and Brady Heslip (12). It was Baylor's fourth consecutive league victory.
West Virginia (15-12, 7-7), lost for the third time in the last four games.
Eron Harris connected on 9 of 17 field goals, including 6 of 9 3-pointers, to finish with 32 points for WVU. Juwan Staten added 16 points.
Baylor is on a 4-game winning streak, all of which are in Big 12 Conference play. The 4-game streak is the 2nd-longest single-season Big 12 streak in program history, trailing only the 5 straight Big 12 wins in January 1998.
Baylor had a season-low 4 turnovers, none of which were committed by guards.
Baylor had 9 assists and 0 turnovers in the 2nd half.
All five Baylor starters scored in double figures.
Brady Heslip became the 27th player in Baylor history to reach 1,000 career points (9th of Drew era).
Heslip (4-of-7 from 3-point range) had his 13th game this season (31st career) with 4+ made 3-pointers.
Heslip is now shooting 53.3% from 3-point range in road games this season (32-of-60).
Royce O'Neale had season-highs with 22 points, 8 made field goals (8-of-8) and 4 made 3-pointers. His previous season high was 13 points, and his most in a Big 12 game was 10 points.
Cory Jefferson (15 points, 12 rebounds) had his 10th double-double of the season and 21st of his career (7th-most in BU history).
Jefferson's double-double was his 3rd straight. He's averaging 20.3 points and 12.0 rebounds in those games.
Jefferson (15 points) had his 21st double-figure scoring game this season 51st of his career (BU is 40-11 in those games).
Isaiah Austin (19 points) scored in double figures for the 5th straight game, 18th time this season and 45th in his career.
Austin (7 blocks) had his 3rd straight game with 5+ blocks (6th this season).
Kenny Chery (13 points) scored in double figures for the 14th time this season (3rd straight).
Chery had 7 assists and 0 turnovers in 32 minutes - it was his most assists in a game without a turnover this season.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor outscored West Virginia in the paint, 38-12.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Baylor travels to Austin, Texas, to take on Texas Wednesday (Feb. 26) at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU.