West Virginia falls to Connecticut in OT

March 7, 2012 2:39 pm

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NEW YORK -- No. 9 seed Connecticut defeated No. 8 seed West Virginia, 71-67, in overtime in the second round of the Big East tournament this afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

West Virginia (19-13) must now wait until Sunday to learn whether it will qualify for the NCAA tournament. The Mountaineers finished the regular season 9-9 and had a bye to the second round of the conference tournament.

Defending national champion Connecticut (20-12) beat the Mountaineers for the second time this season and likely earned an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament field with the victory.

Jeremy Lamb broke a 67-67 tie in overtime to lead the Huskies to an improbable comeback. They trailed by nine with less than four minutes remaining.

Connecticut advances to play No. 1 Syracuse at noon today.

Kevin Jones led West Virginia with 25 points.

Shabazz Napier had 26 for Connecticut and Lamb had 22.

Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com and Twitter @rayfitt1.
First Published 2012-03-07 13:40:15

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