Beilein's excellent play off the bench was not quite enough for the Mountaineers, as they fell 56-55 to the Irish. WVU took their sole lead late in the game on Kevin Pittsnogle's third three pointer of the contest, but immediately yielded the lead back the Irish on the ensuing possession.
After rallying from a fifteen point second half deficit, WVU had a chance to win the game in the closing second's, but Drew Schifino's offbalance leaping and leaning shot was off target to the right as time expired.
The Mountaineers held the Irish to just 38% shooting from the field, but were only able to hit 40% of their own shots on the night. The game was a defensive battle throughout, with the teams combining for just 15 free throws during the game.