WVU Continues to Crumple with Another Close Loss

WVU is now mired in their longest losing streak of the season (four games) after their 56-53 loss to Seton Hall on Saturday.

In a carbon copy of last week's game in Morgantown, WVU played Seton Hall tough early, gave up a late first half run to fall behind at the break, fell behind by doulble digits in the second half, rallied, but ultimately lost a tight contest to Seton Hall by the score of 56-53 on Saturday afternoon.

West Virginia again killed themselves by not being able to convert scoring opportunites, especially in transition. The Mountaineers took poor shots, committed turnovers and offensive fouls, and missed open teammates in transition as they kicked away an easy ten points in the open floor.

"We had a ton of bad bounces when we were ready to score layups at the other end, head coach John Beilein said after the game. "We're just not ready to win games like this. We're going through growing pains, and it's a tough time right now."

The Mountaineers also rediscovered their free throw shooting woes, hitting just five of 11 shots from the line. Seton Hall took full advantage of that play phase, knocking down 13 of their 15 opportunities.

In a scenario that's becoming familiar to West Virginia fans, the Mountaineers were unable to get their offense clicking in the first half. WVU scored just 21 first half points, and gave up a 10-2 run at the end of the first half, which turned a 19-16 advantage into a 26-21 deficit. That gap widened before the second half started, as Beilein was hit with a technical foul as he was leaving the court. Seton Hall's Andre Barrett hit both free throws to push Seton Hall out to a seven point lead.

After falling behind by as many as ten points, WVU rallied to take the lead at 53-50 with 2:24 to go, but were unable to score the rest of the way. Seton Hall got a long rebound off a Donald Copeland missed three pointer that led to an Andre Barrett three to put Seton Hall back in front at 55-53 with 1:45 to go. That basekt was the Pirate's only field goal in the final 7:54 of the contest.

As has been the case for much of the past month, however, WVU has been unable to capitalize on such opponent dry stretches, and as a result the Mountaineers dropped to 4-10 in the conference and 13-12 overall.

For the game, West Virginia shot 43% from the field, and held the Pirates to a woeful 31%. Seton Hall got nine more shots from the field than WVU. The Mountaineers turned the ball over 16 times, which is becoming a sore spot for Beilein.

"We had ten turnovers out of the forwards again, but we just can't change that," Beilin noted. "Some of it is a strength issue. And ome may be fatigue, we just get in there and drop the ball."

WVU only had one player, sophomore Drew Schifino, in double figures in the contest. Tyrone Sally and Kevin Pittsnogle each had eight rebounds, while Joe Herber added seven.

The Mountaineers return home for a critical matchup against Georgetown on Big Monday. Gametime is 7:00 p.m.

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