BIG EAST CHAMPIONS

NEW YORK -- Start spreading the news: West Virginia University's 106-year-old basketball program accomplished something it had never done before by defeating Georgetown 60-58 on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, claiming its first-ever championship in the Big East Conference.

As it had in wins over Cincinnati and Notre Dame in the league tournament's quarterfinals and finals, respectively, the Mountaineers did just enough to eke out a narrow victory.

Da'Sean Butler, the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, delivered his second game-winner in three games by scoring in the lane with four seconds remaining.

And for the second night in a row, WVU's opposition couldn't convert on a chance to tie or win the game at the buzzer, as Chris Wright missed a desperate, twisting lay-up attempt in the final moments.

Check back with BlueGoldNews.com throughout the evening and all day tomorrow for coverage of Saturday night's victory and the upcoming announcement of the West Virginia's NCAA Tournament seeding.

We'll have photos, video, audio and full stories to bring you the full perspective on one of the most monumental moments in Mountaineer sports history.


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