Feb. 5, 2012; Providence, RI, USA

West Virginia 51, Notre Dame 55

The West Virginia Mountaineers lost to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 55-51, in the Coliseum last night. The Mountaineers are now 16-9 overall and 6-6 in the Big East.

The Irish led the Mountaineers by 10 at the half. They closed the lead and tied it at 38 with 7:13 left in the second half. The game would go back and forth until the Irish landed three 3-point baskets in less than two minutes. The Mountaineers were not able to respond.

The Mountaineers were led by Jabarie Hinds and Deniz Kilicli. They combined for 33 points and 9 rebounds. Kevin Jones had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Truck Bryant failed to make a basket during the game but did come away with 8 assists. The Mountaineers were 24-58 from the floor, 2-16 from 3-point range, and 1-3 from the free throw line.

Notre Dame was led by Jack Cooley. Cooley had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Scott Martin and Jerian Grant combined for 24 points. The Irish were 20-47 from the floor, 5-21 from 3-point range, and 10-14 from the line.

The Mountaineers face 23rd ranked Louisville, in the Coliseum, on Saturday.

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