In his final performance in the Coliseum, senior forward Frank Young played one of the best games of his career in leading the Mountaineers to a 71-66 win over North Carolina State.
Young followed up his 31-point effort in the second round with a 25-point game in the quarterfinal win. Of his six 3s, none were bigger than the pair he hit down the stretch. His first, which went off the glass, cut the N.C. State lead to just one point. His second gave his team the lead.
"As soon as it left my hand I knew it was going glass," said Young, "and I knew it was going in. It was just one of those nights where every shot I took felt good."
Frank added five rebounds and two steals to his stat line in 38 minutes of play. Young broke Chris Leonard's single-season three-point field goal record of 101, a record which "The Tallahassee Kid" tied in Thursday's win over Massachusetts.
Alex Ruoff had yet another strong all-around effort, finishing with 15 points and 11 assists. It was Ruoff's long-range bomb which gave West Virginia the lead for good with just over two minutes left in the game.
Beilein Ball: West Virginia assisted on 21 of 26 baskets, while turning the ball over just 10 times. And, in another staple of the Beilein era, the Mountaineers won despite being outrebounded by 10. The Wolfpack had 14 offensive rebounds.
Finally, Mountaineer fans sent the 2006-07 season out in style. Announced attendance was 11,215 and the gold-clad crowd was as loud as it's been all season down the stretch. West Virginia finishes the season 17-1 in the Coliseum, and improved to 32-2 in non-conference home games under fifth-year head coach John Beilein.