Hoyas Erased

  • January 22, 2009 10:03 PM
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By John Antonik for MSNsportsNET.com
January 22, 2009

west virginia 75, #12 Georgetown 58
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washington, d.c.
West Virginia 31 44 75
Georgetown 26 32 58
Stat Comparison
FG Made-Att 30-62 20-51
FG Percentage 48.4% 39.2%
3P Made-Att 8-23 2-16
3P Percentage 34.8% 12.5%
FT Made-Att 7-10 16-25
FT Percentage 70.0% 64.0%
Rebounds 39 31
Turnovers 16 19
Top WVU Players
Top Scorer
Top Rebounder
 Da'Sean Butler
27 Points
Da'Sean Butler
8 Rebounds

Bob Huggins wouldn’t have any problem playing all his games at the Verizon Center. Last year, West Virginia knocked off Arizona and Duke at this facility on the way to its third NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance in four years.

Tonight, West Virginia got its biggest road win of the year in surprisingly easy fashion by routing 12th-ranked Georgetown 75-58.

“We got them spread a little bit more in the second half and then we could get it to the basket,” Huggins said.

The Mountaineers (14-4, 3-2) used a strong second half and some clutch play from freshmen Darryl Bryant, Devin Ebanks and Kevin Jones to push their record past .500 in conference play.

“Those freshmen have got to continue to grow and part of it is because they don’t understand that every possession if you relax, stop, and stare at the ball somebody is going to score on you,” Huggins said. “We’ve got to continue to get them better.”

Jones only scored 4 points but two of them stopped a Georgetown second-half run that cut West Virginia’s 10-point lead to seven with 4:30 remaining. Jones’ pretty turnaround basket with 4:05 remaining was the beginning of a 12-3 run that pushed West Virginia’s lead to 16 with 1:20 left.

“I thought the shot of the game was from Kevin Jones,” Huggins said. “They’re making a run and we get a mismatch in the post and KJ hits a shot. I thought that kind of gave us the impetus to kind of keep going.”

Da’Sean Butler scored 15 of his game-high 27 points in the first half to help West Virginia overcome a 9-2 Georgetown lead to start the game.

Butler canned 11 of 18 field goal attempts including 4 of 9 from 3-point distance. Butler also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds to help West Virginia post a 39-31 advantage on the glass.

“Da’Sean was a man among men tonight,” Huggins said.

Sophomore John Flowers also grabbed eight rebounds including four offensive.

“We did a better job of blocking out,” Huggins said. “We really spent a lot of time on the fundamentals of blocking out. We got tired at the end and we didn’t want to foul and we didn’t block out as aggressively.”

Bryant added 13 points on 3 of 5 shooting from 3, while Alex Ruoff and Wellington Smith scored 10 points each. Ruoff handed out nine assists, two shy of his career high of 11 produced against NC State two years ago.

“I think Alex is getting a little more comfortable with the ball in his hands,” Huggins said. “He shot it terribly tonight. From what everybody has said to me was before whenever he didn’t shoot the ball well he didn’t play. Well, he played.”

For Georgetown, now 12-5, 3-3, Chris Wright scored 13 and DaJuan Summers added 12, although Summers was just 4 of 14 from the floor. Six-ten freshman center Greg Monroe also struggled from the floor going 4 of 10 for 11 points.

West Virginia’s 17-point victory at Georgetown was just the second time since the Mountaineers joined the Big East in 1996 that they have managed a double-digit victory against the Hoyas on the road (69-56 in 2006). It is also the biggest road win at Georgetown since Feb. 11, 1935 when WVU routed the Hoyas by 22 points in Washington, D.C.

“We talked to them at halftime about let’s finish the deal,” Huggins said. “We were in decent position at Marquette and we didn’t finish it. We didn’t finish the Connecticut game and we really didn’t finish the Marshall game or the South Florida game.”

West Virginia has now had wins away from the Coliseum this year by 19 versus Iowa in Las Vegas, by 28 at Ohio State, by 26 at Seton Hall and now by 17 at Georgetown.

The Mountaineers resume their tour of the top 25 on Sunday against No. 4-rated Pitt at the WVU Coliseum. There are no tickets remaining for that game. Fans attending are encouraged to wear gold as part of Gold Rush.