WASHINGTON (AP) -- West Virginia tied a school-record with 13 3-pointers, and the last one put the Mountaineers ahead for good in overtime Sunday in a 78-77 victory over Maryland in the consolation game of the BB&T Classic.
West Virginia blew a 16-point lead by scoring just five points
in the final 13:38 of regulation. But Kevin Pittsnogle's 3-pointer
and the Mountaineers' 8-for-11 free-throw shooting in the extra
period sent the Terrapins to a last-place finish for the first time
in their nine appearances in the tournament.
Drew Schifino led the Mountaineers (3-2) with 18 points, and
Tyrone Sally had 14. West Virginia made 13 of 26 3-point attempts,
and every player used by coach John Beilein made at least one
except backup center D'or Fischer.
Jamar Smith had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Terrapins
(4-2), and Chris McCray had 16 points and seven assists. Point
guard John Gilchrist had 15 points, seven assists and eight of
Maryland's 19 turnovers.
Coach Gary Williams was again denied his 300th victory at
Maryland scored on the first possession of overtime but didn't
get another field goal until Gilchrist's runner with 14 seconds to
play cut the lead to two. Patrick Beilein made two free throws to
restore the four point lead, and the best Maryland could do was cut
it to one when Smith put back a rebound on a second free throw by
Mike Grinnon with 1.4 seconds left.
The Mountaineers seemed unstoppable from 3-point range for much
of the game. Beilein made three straight 3-pointers to put the
Mountaineers ahead 61-45 with 13:38 remaining.
But the Terrapins answered with a 14-0 run over nearly seven
minutes. McCray made one of two free throws with 16 seconds left in
regulation to send the game to overtime.