Missed Opportunity

West Virginia had numerous chances to make the move to steal a win against Notre Dame on Wednesday, but the Irish's interior strength, combined with poor WVU shooting, kept the Mountaineers at bay in a 63-52 loss.

WVU rang up their second straight terrible shooting performance, hitting just 36.8% from the field, as the fell to 0-1 in the Big East conference and 7-4 overall. WVU was even worse from three point range, making just 23.8% of their tries from beyond the arc.

As expected, Notre Dame's big front line thoroughly dominated the Mountaineers in the paint. Only D'or Fischer put up any sort of resistance as the Irish frontcourt scored 39 points and racked up a massive 17 rebound advantage over West Virginia. Torrian Jones led the assault with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Torin Francis tossed in 17 points and 7 boards.

West Virginia, expected to counter from the outside, was unable to hit enough long range shots to make the game close. WVU's five three-pointers were about half the total they expected to need to make a run at getting a win.

The Irish (7-3, 1-0) took the lead on their first possession of the game and never reliquished it, building their lead slowly to a double-digit mark on several occasions in the second half. While West Virginia was twice able to get the lead under ten, they were never able to get closer than eight points, and never seriously threatened the Irish.

WVU wasted several opportunities to close the gap, but none more so than at the start of the second half. After Drew Schifino scored to cut the Irish lead to six to open the half, the Mountaineer went almost six minutes without scoring. Although Notre Dame scored only four points over the same span, West Virginia was never able to get any closer during the low scoring contest.

D'or Fischer and Drew Schifino each added nine points to the Mountaineer scoring effort. That total snaps Schifino's 48 game double figure scoring streak. Fischer also blocked six shots in the contest.

WVU returns home Saturday for what shapes up as a crucial game against conference foe Georgetown. The Hoyas are also 0-1 in the league.

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