The West Virginia’s NCAA tournament run came to an end this evening in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Mountaineers will be on the next plane back to the Mountain State after suffering a 90-78 loss to the No. 1-seed Villanova Wildcats.
Villanova started the game 6-for-6 from the field before the resilient Mountaineers began to frustrate the Wildcats, forcing 9 turnovers in the first half and allowing West Virginia to keep the score close throughout the first half. The Wildcats took a 44-42 lead to the locker room at the half.
West Virginia continued to keep the Wildcats off their game to start the second half, and mounted a six point lead at the midway point. Villanova answered back by going on a 22-6 run, bringing the Mountaineers’ season to a close.
Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. played their final games as a Mountaineer, and there’s more that we could say about these two than I can muster up right now. I feel certain that these two are the sole reason the West Virginia men’s basketball program is what it is today. They live and breathe the Press Virginia mentality, and I’m not sure anyone else will be able to keep that intensity and determination going in the coming years.
It may be time to retire Press Virginia.
Miles lead the Mountaineers in scoring with 16 points, 2 steals and 3 rebounds before fouling out toward the end of the second half. Carter finished with 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Sagaba Konate added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Esa Ahmad had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Teddy Allen and Beetle Bolden scored 10 and 9 points, respectively.