Desert Storm

Jonathan Hargett hit a three point bomb with ten seconds left to give WVU an 88-85 win in the championship game of the Hispanic College Fund Classic.

Hargett, who was named Tournament MVP, got the ball after a WVU timeout with 35 seconds left and the score tied. He dribbled left off a screen and launched what is becoming his signature shot in front of the Mountaineer bench.

The shot, Hargett's seventh three of the game, was good, and two attempts by New Mexico to tie in the final ten seconds were no good.

Hargett was joined on the all tournament team by forward Chris Moss, who added 16 points and 4 rebounds to the winning effort.

WVU shot 53% for the game, including 48% from three point range. They needed every percentage point, as the Lobos shot over 50% from the field themselves in their guard oriented attack.

The Mountaineers forced 20 New Mexico turnovers and recorded 12 steals. WVU also had 15 assists in their fast paced attack, led by Hargett's eight.

West Virginia held an 85-79 lead at the 2:45 mark, but the Lobos scored the next six points to tie the game as the Mountaineers attempted to slow the pace and use the clock to their advantage. The scoring lull only served to amplify Hargett's heroics, as he hit the shot in the face of 18000 crazed Lobo fans to give his team the win.

The opening half was a run and gun, up and down affair as both teams forced the tempo and attacked the hoop with abandon.

New Mexico's guard oriented play was counterbalanced by WVU's transition attack and ICBM three pointers from freshman sensation Jonathan Hargett. Both teams shot over 50% for the half.

It was a half of runs, as WVU began the game by scoring the first two baskets for a 4-0 lead. The Mountaineers moved out to a 19-13 edge on the strength of their defensive pressure at the 10:57 mark, but the Lobos responded with a run of their own that culminated in a 33-30 lead with 4:00 minutes to play.

The Mountaineers then looked to freshman guard Jonathan Hargett, who took control down the stretch to stake the Mountaineers to a three point lead at the half. Hargett hit a thirty foot three to tie the game at 40, and hit another three in the closing moments to run the halftime score to 45-42.

Just as in Friday night's win against Southern Mississippi, the Mountaineers benefitted from a technical foul on the bench. New Mexico coach Fran Fraschilla, who formerly headed the St. John's program, was whistled for a "T" in the first half with his team leading by three.

WVU returns home for a December 1 game against the Boll Weevils of Arkansas-Monticello.

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