The West Virginia Mountaineers broke a three game losing streak by beating the Providence Friars, 87-84, in overtime. The Mountaineers are now 16-8 overall and 6-5 in the Big East.
The Friars led the game from the 15:02 mark in the first half of play. The Mountaineers would never take the lead again in regulation, but a Truck Bryant lay-up with 4 seconds remaining was enough to tie it up at 76.
Overtime was a back and forth battle. With 10 seconds left, Gerard Coleman made 1-2 free throws to tie it up again. As the clock winded down to 5 seconds, Truck Bryant sunk a 3-point jumper. The Friars Gerard Coleman had an opportunity to shoot the 3, but missed.
The veterans came to play for the Mountaineers. Truck Bryant led the team with 32 points. Kevin Jones had 20 and Deniz Kilicli went for 22. Gary Browne led the team in rebounds and assists with 9 and 6, respectively. The team was 32-68 from the floor, 8-25 from 3-point range, and 15-18 from the line.
Gerard Coleman had a big game for Providence. He led the team with 30 points. LaDontae Henton, Bryce Cotton, and Vincent Council combined for 48 points. Bilal Dixon led the team in rebounds with 10. The Friars were 28-55 from the floor and 9-17 from 3-pont range.
The Mountaineers needed this win and not just to keep their tournament hopes alive. They needed this confidence boost as well. The Mountaineers head home and will face Notre Dame in the Coliseum on Wednesday.