WVU Downs Virginia Tech 68-67

Andy Lyons

A last second shot by Erick Green clanged off the rim as the buzzer sounded and WVU handed Virginia Tech their first loss of the season.

The Mountaineer defense frustrated the Hokies all of the first half, holding them to 24 points while building what was at one point a 12 point lead. Virginia Tech was able to fight their way back into the game with a late run in the first half. When the second half began, Tech was able to continue their run and eventually even took a 5 point lead of their own with just under 9 minutes to play.

From there, the game went back and forth with WVU taking a 4 point lead thanks to some three point shooting by freshman Eron Harris and a monster game from Kevin Noreen. Noreen finished the game with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The game was all tied up with just over two minutes to go and the teams traded a couple of free throws and baskets to set up the last 30 seconds of the game. WVU had a wonderful defensive possession ruined when Robert Brown banked in a three with 20 seconds to go.

The subsequent WVU possession went out of bounds and on the ensuing inbounds play, Staten was left alone to drive the lane for a layup with 6 seconds remaining. Tech then wasted over 2 seconds before calling their final timeout, setting the stage for Green's miss to end the game.

Aaric Murray contributed 15 points and 7 rebounds to the winning cause. WVU again struggled with their shooting percentages, with 35.3% on field goals and only 56% from the charity stripe. Hitting 10 of 24 three point attempts was the difference. The Mountaineers return to action on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, when they take on the Duquesne Dukes.

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