Trailing 15-5 in the first half, Briggs immediately became a force on the defensive boards, grabbing miss after miss and giving WVU a four rebound advantage in the first half.
Briggs finished with seven points on 3-3 shooting from the field, and made one of his two free throw attempts, but it was his defense and board work that were the keys in the Mountaineer victory. Briggs racked up 11 rebounds, including four offensive boards.
Drew Schifino finished with 24 points, and had a big second half to keep WVU out in front, but it was Briggs' contributions that made the difference in the contest.
WVU's 2-3 defense throttled the Knights for much of the second half, holding Rutgers to 32% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers didn't do much better, hitting only 37% from the floor, but did make 14 of their 19 free throws to secure the win. In contrast, Rutgers made only seven of their 16 foul shots.