Ebanks scored six early points in the second half and played solid defense to help West Virginia rally from a nine-point halftime deficit. The Mountaineer cut UConn's lead to one at 53-52 following Ebanks' short shot in the lane, but the Mountaineers could never get any closer.
Ebanks finished with 17 points on 7-9 shooting from the field, and although he made just three of five free throws, was actually WVU's second best shooter from the line of anyone that had more than two attempts. He also had one assist and one turnover.
Ebanks was solid from the top of the 1-3-1 defense to the defensive boards, where he was the only Mountaineer to offer much resistance to UConn's assault on the offensive glass. He finished with nine rebounds, including four on the offensive end. Ebanks was similarly versatile on the offensive end, at times handling point guard duties in addition to his normal forward duties.
Time and again, West Virginia bailed out UConn jumpshooters by fouling them on tough attempts. WVU committed fouls 30 and 40 feet from the basket, and put the Huskies into the bonus early in both halves. The Mountaineers also apparently gave up on trying to keep dribblers in front of them, and instead restored to trying to draw charges after again yielding numerous drives into the lane.
Compounding the poor defensive effort was another horrendous night at their own free throw line. UConn made 30 of its 42 chances, while the Mountaineers made just 12 of 23. Maybe Bob Huggins isn't worried about WVU's free throw shooting, but someone certainly should be. Despite long stretches of poor play, WVU could have won the game had it just matched UConn's 71% mark from the line. Instead, it kicked away a chance at another league win.
UConn was able to crash the offensive boards with impunity, as it didn't have to worry about West Virginia's transition game, which sputters to produce good shots.
The Huskies piled up a ten-rebound advantage in the first half and finished the game with a 37-33 margin on the glass.