A day after finding out that he had not been named Big East Player of the Year, West Virginia’s Kevin Jones is apparently out to prove the league’s voters wrong.
Jones leads all scorers with 13 points and has his eighth-seeded Mountaineers in front of No. 9 Connecticut by a score of 30-26 at halftime.
Jeremy Lamb, who scored 25 points in UConn’s first round victory over DePaul on Tuesday, leads the way for the Huskies with 12 points. None of Lamb’s teammates have scored more than four points.
Connecticut’s 11-of-22 shooting from the field is actually much stronger than West Virginia’s 39.4 percent, but the Huskies are being dominated on the glass to the tune of a 17-9 rebounding advantage for WVU. That advantage has allowed the Mountaineers to attempt 11 more shots than their opponents.
The winner of this game will face regular season champion and top-seeded Syracuse in the quarterfinals at this same time on Thursday.