For the second straight game, senior forward Frank Young notched a career-high to take home Player of the Game honors.
Young connected on 8 of 13 shots from the field, all of which came from three-point range. He added a free throw in the final minute to finish with a career best and game-high 25 points.
"He's developed into a hell of a player," said Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "He has shot well against us in the past, too."
Young's eight three-pointers are the most by a Mountaineer player in one game since Mike Gansey hit a school record 10 in last January's win over Marquette. Of his eight treys, none was bigger than his last. After Nova's Scottie Reynolds brought the Wildcats to within four points on his own trifecta, Young canned a shot from the corner. Though commentator Bill Raftery wasn't in the house to say it, Frank's shot proved to be the dagger.
Here's an interesting stat: West Virginia shot just a pair of two point field goals in the second half, making one. Overall, the Blue and Gold was 6-17 from the field in the second twenty minutes, including 5-15 from three.
Though they turned the ball over more times than Villanova (17 turnovers for West Virginia to 16 for the Wildcats), the Mountaineers capitalized on the Wildcat miscues more often. West Virginia finished with 21 points off of turnovers, while the Wildcats totaled just 12.
Point guard Darris Nichols only scored three points, but more than filled his role by dishing out a game-high nine assists.