POG: West Virginia - Connecticut

West Virginia shot just 30 percent from the floor as it fell against No. 5 Connecticut inside the WVU Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Perhaps the Mountaineers could have pulled out the landmark win had junior forward Da'Sean Butler not been plagued by foul trouble for much of the night.

Butler finished with 13 points and five steals, but the rest of his stat line was a microcosm of the problems that plagued WVU for pretty much the entire game. The Newark, N.J. native finished just five-of-13 from the floor, and grabbed just two rebounds.


  • Of course Butler wasn't the only Mountaineer to struggle on the boards against the massive front line of Connecticut. The Huskies, who start 6-9 Stanley Robinson, 6-7 widebody Jeff Adrien and 7-3 center Hasheem Thabeet, exerted their will on the glass, outrebounding West Virginia by a hefty count of 52-33.

    Robinson, who played all but a few seconds on the night, led the way with 15 boards. Thabeet grabbed 13 and Adrien seven. Freshman guard Kemba Walker was often the smallest player on the court, but still managed to snag eight rebounds. The Huskies finished with 20 offensive rebounds, 15 of which came in the first half.

  • As much as the Mountaineers struggled on the glass, they still had multiple chances to win the game, but couldn't knock down open shots.

    WVU made just 20 of its 66 field-goal attempts, which equates to just 30.3 percent from the floor. From three-point land, West Virginia was a frigid six-of-26.

  • Wellington Smith had a handful of standout moments in the game, the most notable of which may have been his desperation heave which splashed through the net from 25 feet away as the halftime horn sounded.

    Smith, given the unenviable task of trying to guard Thabeet on several occasions, finished with nine points and eight rebounds in the loss.

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