West Virginia salvaged a split in the final two legs of the Legends Classic with a 75-61 win over New Mexico State.
Leading the way was forward Joe Alexander, who had a "lights on" performance in Saturday's consolation game. Alexander recorded a double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace four Mountaineers in double-figures.
Alexander's offense wasn't his only impressive feat of the afternoon. The jumpin' junior swatted four shots, and also recorded a seal. Perhaps his most impressive plays were a three-pointer to beat an expiring shot clock, and a two-handed slam off of a missed foul shot by freshman John Flowers with just under five minutes to play. The dunk put an exclamation point on West Virginia's third victory of the season.
After turning it over 19 times in Friday night's loss to No. 7 Tennessee, the Mountaineers did a much better job of taking care of the basketball. West virginia turned the ball over over on its first possession of the game, but would not give the ball to New Mexico State again for more than 15 minutes.
In all, West Virginia committed just nine turnovers against the Aggie press. The Mountaineers forced 19 turnovers by NMSU.
West Virginia held New Mexico State to just nine field goals in the second half after giving up 13 for 33 points in the opening frame. West Virginia shot 48 percent overall, and held the Aggies to exactly 40 percent.
Forward Da'Sean Butler had his second strong game in as many nights playing in his hometown of Newark. The sophomore scored 13 points before fouling out, and spurred a 9-0 run for West Virginia in the second half with seven points during the time elapsed.