Mountaineers Clip Eagles

West Virginia had just enough scoring, just enough steals, just enough blocked shots and just enough big plays to post a 65-62 win over Boston College on Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers put four players in double figures, blocked eight Eagle shot attempts (all by D'or Fischer), recorded 11 steals and held Boston College to 40.7% shooting from the field as they grabbed their second Big East conference win against three losses.

The Eagles, who usually ride the strength of their front line, did get 36 points from their three starters in the front court, but also ran into some trouble in the form of Fischer, who rejected eight Eagle tries from the field and altered several others. Six of Fischer's swats came in the second half, a nip and tuck affair that saw the lead change hands four times, and also included two ties.

Boston College manged to forge leads of five and six points in the second half, but both times the Mountaineers responded with quick rallies to get back in the game. West Virginia took the lead on a Jarmon Durisseau-Collins layup with 7:43 to go, but the game was far from over at that point. The BC front line tallied six straight points to tie the game at 54 with 3:03 remaining, but from there the Mountaineers displayed a good bit of poise to secure the win. Tyrone Sally hit one of two free throws, Fischer threw down a dunk, Joe Herber hit a pair of free throws, and Patrick Beilein drained his final six chances of the evening form the free throw line to secure the win.

Even with that solid performance, the Eagles almost sent the game into overtime. Two three pointers from the unlikely duo of Louis Hinnant and Craig Smith brought the Eagles to within one, and after Beilein's final two free throws the Eagles had one more chance with 1.4 seconds remaining. A halfcourt heave by BC, which appeared to still be in the shooter's hands when the clock expired, was ruled by trailing official John Hughes to have beaten the clock. The ball caromed off the backvboard a bit too strongly, however, and leaked over the front of the rim to preserve the Mountaineer win.

D'or Fischer broke his own school record with his eight blocks. He was aided by the all around play of Joe Herber, who put in 38 minutes at the two guard and power forward positions and put up 10 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and four steals. Tyrone Sally, who was a whirling dervish on both offense and defense as he drove the lane and dove for loose balls, finished with 18 points. Patrick Beilein added 14 and Fischer ten, giving the Mountianeers four players in double figures.

WVU broke out of their shooting slump from two point range, hitting 19 of their 36 two-pointers, bu again struggled from three-point range, making just five of their 18 attempts.

The Mountaineers look to make it three in a row on wednesday, when they travel to New York to take on St. John's.


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