Seton Hall Player of the Game - Quick Recap

Drew Schifino battled an ankle sprain that kept him out for the final four minutes of the second half, but still managed to score 21 points to earn out player of the game honors in a 56-53 loss to the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday.

Schifino was much more efficient than he had been in WVU's previous two games, scoring his points on just 17 shots from the floor. The gritty sophomore shook off the effects of a first half collision that left him writhing on the floor in pain to record four rebounds and two blocked shots and a steal.

Schifino went directly to the locker room after the injury, and missed most of halftime warmups before making it back to the court for the start of the second half. He was the only Mountaineer in double figures.

The game played out in similar fashion to West Virginia's past few contests. The Mountaineers played solid defense, especially early in the game, but were again unable to score enough points to take advantage of their opponent's scoring droughts. WVU held the Pirates to just 26 points in the opening period, but were only able to muster 21 of their own.

A frustrated John Beilein added to the deficit by picking up a technical foul after the first half ended, and when Seton Hall converted the two freebies at the start of the second half, the Mountaineer deficit was seven.

Those points proved to be critical, as the Mountaineers started their last possession of the game down by two points. Had that technical not occurred, WVU would have had the ball and a chance to win. Instead, West Virginia was forced to attack the basket for the tie, and Drew Schifino was called for travelling, giving the ball back to the Pirates.

WVU immediately fouled, and a 1-2 performance by Andre Sweet still left WVU with a breath of life, but Kevin Pittsnogle missed a three point attempt with two seconds to go to preserve the win for the Pirates, who were paced by Andre Sweet's 16 points.

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