WVU Drops Overtime Decision To Team Nike

Keith Friel's three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in overtime lifted Team Nike over West Virginia 104-101 Saturday.

The touring team was led by Kenny Williams' 33 points. Williams hit three of his game-high eight three-pointers in overtime. Friel scored 24 points, 18 on three-pointers.

Team Nike beat West Virginia at its own game -- three-point shooting. It hit 11 of its first 16 shots behind the arc for 33 of its first 49 points.

Friel's three-pointer was Team Nike's 18th of the game on 29 attempts, 62.1 percent. It made 12 of its first 17 (70.6 percent) three-point shots and actually had a higher percentage shooting from three-point than inside the arc. Williams made eight of nine attempts.

West Virginia, led by Drew Schifino's 22 points, made 11 of 27 in a contest with 18 lead changes and 10 ties.

West Virginia's 1-3-1 match-up zone held Team Nike without a field goal for 7:20 in the middle of the first half, but did little else the rest of the game. The Mountaineers managed a 12-0 run during the drought, turning an 18-14 deficit with 14:46 left in the half into a 26-18 edge with 8:31 to play.

But that was the biggest lead of the game for the Mountaineers. Team Nike finished with a seven point flurry to pull within 43-42 at the break, then scored the first seven points of the second half for a 49-43 edge.

Nike led 69-62, its largest lead of the game, with 10:12 left before WVU rallied. Josh Yeager's three-pointer with 3.3 seconds left tied the score at 88 apiece to force overtime. Yeager added 14 points and WVU had four other players in double figures.

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