After losing their past game against Syracuse on Valentine's Day, West Virginia stole some of the luck of the Irish from Notre Dame in their upset of the No. Eight team in the nation today, 72-58 in Morgantown.
The Irish's leading scorer Ben Hansbrough, who's averaged nearly 18 points per game this season, was the main offensive force against WVU during the first 20 minutes of the game.
Hansbrough controlled the game plan, collecting nine points in addition to five total rebounds for Notre Dame. Scott Martin also made a good contribution for the team, adding seven points and two rebounds of his own in the first half.
For the home standing Mountaineers, Joe Mazzulla, the second half MVP for WVU in my opinion, led the way with nine points of his own to counteract the play of Hansbrough. The enigma that is Kevin Jones made an appearance today, as he added five points to the first half of action for the Mountaineers.
As the first half ended, the Irish took a one point lead into the break over the Mountaineers, 27-26.
Mazzulla continued his good play from the first half down the stretch of the game with seven more points, finishing the day with 16 points.
Down the stretch for the Irish, Hansbrough came up short in the final 20,scoring only five points, as West Virginia was able to pull away from Notre Dame in the last 10 minutes of the game.
Looking at the stats, the biggest key to this upset was West Virginia limiting their turnovers to just four while Notre Dame had 10 for the game. Additionally, WVU going 20 of 27 from the free throw line makes life a little easier for Bob Huggins and the Mountaineer Maniacs in Touchdown City.
With that being said, let's get to the stats from the game where WVU got back into the win column in the Big East in a big way.
Players of the Game
Notre Dame: Ben Hansbrough - 19 Points, Seven Rebounds, Two Assists, Two Steals
West Virginia: Joe Mazzulla - 16 Points, Five Rebounds, Seven Assists
Notre Dame: 21-60 Field Goals Made-Attempted, 35.0 Percent
West Virginia: 22.54 Field Goals Made- Attempted, 40.7 Percent
Free Throw Shooting
Notre Dame: 8-13 Free Throws Made-Attempted, 61.5 Percent
West Virginia: 20-27 Free Throws Made-Attempted, 74.1 Percent
Notre Dame: 37 Rebounds, 14 Offensive Rebounds
West Virginia: 35 Rebounds, 9 Offensive Rebounds
Notre Dame: 10 Turnovers
West Virginia: 4 Turnovers
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