West Virginia Vs. Connecticut: Huskies Beat 'Eers, 64-57

The Mountaineers couldn't beat a second top-10 opponent in a row.

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West Virginia Vs. Connecticut: Huskies Storm Back To Down 'Eers, 64-57

The Mountaineers got off to a slow start, struggling to score at the half's outset, but then used rebounding and defense to build a ten point lead. Unfortunately, it wouldn't last as the Mountaineers lost sight of Kevin Jones, forcing up one jumpshot after another, and relinquised the lead to the Huskies after a 12-2 run with five minutes left to play.

West Virginia had controlled the game to that point, but once the Huskies pushed the tempo there was little WVU could do. The freshmen looked out of sync, and WVU didn't have an answer for Doran Lamb's mid-range game, or Andre Drummond's size. The 'Eers would hold tight, keeping the score within a point or two down the stretch but it was all for naught. With the game on the line and under 20 seconds to play Kevin Jones missed a game tying three point attempt. The rebound bounced off of the hands of Alex Oriakhi, but the officials gave the ball to the Huskies anyway.

Andre Drummond led the Huskies with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin Jones paced the Mountaineers with 22 points and 5 rebounds.

UConn would hold on for a 64-57 victory. Both teams are 3-2 in the Big East

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West Virginia Vs. Connecticut: 'Eers Hang With Huskies, Lead 33-28 At Halftime

With Truck Bryant and Deniz Kilicli each picking up two fouls early in the first half, things looked dire early for West Virginia but the Mountaineers hung with the Huskies and lead 33-28 at the half.

Thankfully, a long mid-half stretch where Kevin Jones and four freshmen showed the resolve that they could hang with the #16 UConn, rattling off an 8-0 run after their upperclassmen were sent to the bench.

Jones hit three big threes to keep the Mountaineers moving forward in the face of a balanced Connecticut attack which wanted to run and gun with the slow ball Mountaineers. Jones, as usual was magnificent going for 13 points on 5 for 9 shooting. The Mountaineers kept the Huskies at bay all half with hot shooting and tough defense. WVU shot 6 for 12 from three point range and forced the Huskies into turning the ball over 9 times, leading to 15 Mountaineer points.

UConn was led by Andre Drummond with 10 points.

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West Virginia Vs. Connecticut: Mountaineers Hit The Road Against Huskies

The Mountaineers face their second top-10 opponent in three days on the road against UConn.

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