The West Virginia Mountaineers beat the South Florida Bulls on the road, 50-44. They finish the regular season 19-12 overall and 9-9 in the Big East.
The game was ugly, so much so, that ugly may be an understatement. The Mountaineers only shot 15-58 from the floor and 2-12 from 3-point range. Fortunately, shooting from the line went in West Virginia’s favor. They shot 85.7%.
Kevin Jones had his 20th double-double of the year finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Truck Bryant was stone cold from the paint in the first half of the game. He found a little more rhythm in the second half and ended the game with 16 points and 4 steals.
The Bulls were able to keep the game interesting until fouls by Jawanza Poland and Ron Anderson Jr., in the final seconds of the game, allowed West Virginia to pull away. South Florida was 39.5% from the floor, 14.3% from 3-point range, and 72.7% from the line. Anthony Collins led the team in scoring with 11 points.
The Mountaineers may have clinched their spot in the NCAA tournament with this win. It will be interesting to see if the Mountaineers can continue their winning ways in the Big East tournament. I am optimistic that they can. WVU will play the winner of the DePaul/UConn game on Wednesday at Noon in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Game will be shown on ESPN.