West Virginia came up short on Tuesday night at Notre Dame, but freshman Da'Sean Butler came off of the bench to ignite the Mountaineer comeback in the second half.
Da'Sean brought the Mountaineers to within four points with 24 seconds to go with his offensive rebound and putback off of a missed free throw by center Rob Summers. For the game, the Newark, N.J. product tallied nine points and nine rebounds in his first Big East road game.
Senior forward Frank Young was the focal point of the Notre Dame defense all evening, but still managed to finish with 13 points. With the Irish hounding Frank with intense pressure, the co-captain managed to get his teammates involved in the contest by dishing out a game-high six assists.
The Mountaineers did an excellent job in the second half of shutting down Irish sharpshooter Colin Falls. In the first half, Falls (who has been at Notre Dame so long that he just may have played for Digger Phelps) had a trio of three-pointers. In the final 20 minutes, the senior was held to just one trifecta.
One area in which the Mountaineers must improve is getting to the foul line. Against Notre Dame, West Virginia shot just seven foul shots. That followed Saturday's four foul shot performance against the St. John's Red Storm.