West Virginia fans had little to cheer about as the Mountaineers ran into a grey-clad buzzsaw in our nation's capital on Monday night.
Junior point guard Darris Nichols quietly put together a solid game for an otherwise flat Mountaineer team playing against their third top 25 opponent within a five day span. Nichols finished with 10 points on 4-6 shooting. The floor general was 1-2 from downtown, and turned the ball over just once against a very active Georgetown defense.
From the beginning of the game, you could tell that this would not be West Virginia's night. The Mountaineers looked a step slow after such a high-energy win over UCLA on Saturday. John Beilein's team had trouble converting for much of the game, which was due in no small part to the Georgetown defense.
On the flipside, the Hoyas came out looking like a team that had won its previous seven games. Georgetown shot a blistering 79 percent from the field in the first half, and shot nearly 58 percent for the game. The Mountaineers had no answer for Georgetown giant Roy Hibbert, who was 4-5 from the floor and an equally impressive 12-13 from the foul line.
One area where the Mountaineers did excell was on the offensive glass. West Virginia had nine offensive rebounds, which is not an easy thing to do against a starting lineup that features three players that are 6'9" or taller. The Mountaineers also forced 16 Georgetown turnovers, including four steals by senior forward Frank Young.