West Virginia's stellar freshman set a WVU Big East tournament record with 18 rebounds as the Mountaineers took down Notre Dame for the second time this year. Ebanks broke Gordon Malone's record of 14, set against Seton Hall on Mar. 6, 1996. Ebanks' performance helped WVU to a 52-rebound night, which is another Big East tournament best for the Gold and Blue. That total bested the previous high of 48 set against Rutgers in 1998.
Ebanks did not have a huge stat line in other areas, as he scored just seven point on 3-11 shooting. However, he did dish out five assists and help run the offense at key junctures in the second half. He was also an outlet against Notre Dame's press, which it used to deny inbounds passes in the second half. Ebanks was a steadying force in that phase, and other than one rash decision in transtion was again a huge key for another Mountaineer tournament win.
That countered the lower than usual point production of Ebanks and Jones (nine total), but it wasn't the whole story. Truck Bryant again hit his first three-point attempt of the night and ended up with 17, which filled in the critical third scorer role that WVU critically needs. In all, the trio made 11 of their 19 three-point attempts to help keep the Notre Dame defense spread out.
For Huggins, such success is par for the course. He is 3-1 in the Big East tournament, part of a 34-11 overall record in post season conference tilts. The win over the Irish puts him in the Top 25 in career wins in NCAA Division I with 638.