The West Virginia Mountaineers are one and done in the tournament after losing to Gonzaga, 77-54. The Mountaineers finish the season 19-14.
The Mountaineers fell behind with 18:38 remaining in the first half and it was all downhill from there. Gonzaga led by 18 at the half and continued to dominate for the remainder of the game. The Zags shot 56% from the floor, 52.9% from 3-point range, and 75% from the free throw line compared to 32.7%, 17.6%, and 67.9%, respectively, from the Mountaineers.
Gonzaga had four players in the double digits and every player except one, starting and from the bench, scored at least two points. Pangos had 13 points and 8 assists. Gary Bell and Robert Sacre each had 14 points and combined for 10 rebounds. Ryan Spangler led the team in rebounds with 8.
Gary Browne led the Mountaineers in scoring with 15 points. Browne also had as many rebounds as Kevin Jones, 4 apiece. Kevin jones had 13 points on the night and Truck Bryant had 9. Dominique Rutledge led the Mountaineers in rebounds with 6.
It is a sad ending to a turbulent season. The Mountaineers will surely miss Kevin Jones. He had an amazing season. I wish him, and Truck Bryant, nothing but good things for their future.
As disappointing as this loss is, we have a bright future ahead of us. We will have some quality guys returning and some new faces that are sure to shake things up. Plus, we will be playing in the B12. I look forward to next season with big hopes for our Mountaineers.