Freshman forward Kevin Jones provided West Virginia with its only spark of the second half, an played with a drive that few of his teammates matched. Entering the game after the Mountaineers yielded two offense rebounds to the Golden Eagles on their opening second half possession, Jones tipped the next defensive board to teammate Alex Ruoff. On WVU's next defensive trip, Jones defended nicely, boxed out his man and grabbed another board.
On the afternoon, Jones had four points and six rebounds in 19 minutes of action. While those numbers weren't eye-popping, they stood out due to the manner in which they were produced. Unfortunately, it wasn't nearly enough to offset West Virginia's worst performance of the season.
Butler scored 16 points in the opening 20 minutes with two fouls, but killed himself with two more silly infractions in the first 3:30 of the second half. Butler returned with just under eight minutes to play, and immediately capped his day with a push off on a rebound attempt that sent him right back to the bench.
While WVU did hold a rebounding advantage in the first half, that stat was misleading. Cold shooting (33%) by the home team, coupled with 50% shooting for West Virginia, meant fewer defensive chances for Marquette. In the end, West Virginia showed little spark, other than that of Jones, and surrendered the ball meekly on multiple occasions.
Huggins had a simple solution for all the problems, however.
"Alex has to make some shots, Da'Sean has to stay in the game and we have to score the ball. We're not going to win scoring 53 points."