Joe Mazzulla, playing in place of the inconsistent Truck Bryant, helped West Virginia's defense hold the Irish to just 34.8% shooting in the first half. With Mazzulla anchoring the bottom of WVU's 1-3-1 defense, the Mountaineers were able to build an early lead.
It was Mazzulla's offense, however, that really stood out. The Rhode Island native scored on back-to-back drives late in the first half to give WVU a 21-15 lead. The scores forced Notre Dame to account for Mazzulla in the offense, and thus created some extra space for teammate Da'Sean Butler. Mazzulla added two more such scores in the second half, giving him eight crucial points in the game.
In this interview, Mazzulla discusses his scores and his ability to contribute to the team in different manners.