No. 7 West Virginia halts Hoyas in Big East tournament finals
New York ? Da’Sean Butler’s second game-winner in three days gave West Virginia its first Big East championship.
The senior guard, who banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to give West Virginia a quarterfinal victory, scored in the lane with 4.2 seconds left, and the seventh-ranked Mountaineers beat No. 22 Georgetown, 60-58, on Saturday night.
Third-seeded West Virginia, the only one of the top four seeds to escape the quarterfinals, was making its second championship game appearance. Just like the Mountaineers’ two other victories in this tournament, this one was close and Butler had a lot to do with it.
Butler, who had 20 points for the Mountaineers (27-6), was selected the tournament MVP, and there wasn’t much doubt about that.
Chris Wright had 20 points for the eighth-seeded Hoyas (23-10). His length-of-the-court drive to tie the game came up short.
The victory left West Virginia in the running for a possible No. 1 seed when the NCAA tournament field is announced tonight.
Wellington Smith had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers, who have won six straight and eight of nine.
Seven of the 15 games in the Big East tournament were decided by three points or fewer.