The game was back and forth the entire first half of play. The Mountaineers would pull away by 4, 30-26, at the half. With a little over 3 minutes left in the game, the Mountaineers led by 6. UConn forced turnovers, shot with accuracy, and tied the game. Overtime was a mess for the Mountaineers. The team only scored 2 points, off of Truck Bryant free throws, in the period.
Kevin Jones had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the team. Truck Bryant had 20 points and Dominique Rutledge led the team in rebounds with 11. The Mountaineers shot 34.7% from the floor, 15.8% from 3-point range, and 82.4% from the free throw line.
Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb led the Huskies with 26 and 22 points, respectively. The team shot 49% from the floor, 38.9% from 3-point range, and 63.6% from the free throw line. The Huskies also had 10 blocks and 6 steals.
The Mountaineers may be finished in the Big East, but tournament play is still to come. We can’t be sure which tournament it will be, NCAA or NIT, but the season isn’t over. I am sure that all of us will be holding our breath come Sunday.