The West Virginia Mountaineers went up by as many as 11 points midway through the second half of Wedneday's Big East Tournament game. However, the UConn Huskies outscored the Mountaineers 12-4 over the final 4:20 of regulation to tie the score at 65 apiece and force overtime, before going on to a 71-67 win.
Shabazz Napier was spectacular in the second half, scoring 20 of his 26 points after intermission to lead the Huskies. He fouled out after picking up two quick fouls in the overtime, leaving UConn without one of its only two effective offensive weapons for the game. Jeremy Lamb was the other, scoring 22 points including a 3-pointer with one minute left in OT to put the Huskies up for good.
Forward Kevin Jones did everything he could to help the Mountaineers, scoring 25 on 10-for-21 shooting and hauling in 10 rebounds. He went just 1-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc, however, where the 'Eers made just 3-of-19 for the game. Darryl Bryant added 20 points, 10 of which came from the free throw line. He made it to the stripe throughout the game, but couldn't get a call with 20 seconds left in overtime and his team down three points when Alex Oriakhi seemingly committed a blocking foul in the lane.
With the win, the Huskies earned a date with the top-seeded Syracuse Orange in the third round of the tournament on Thursday.
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