MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Frank Young was making one shot after
another from long range, so his West Virginia teammates just kept
feeding him the ball.
Young set career highs with eight 3-pointers and 25 points,
helping the No. 25 Mountaineers beat Villanova 67-56 on Wednesday
night for their seventh consecutive victory.
"I was feeling good out there, and I think it got Villanova
rattled a little bit," Young said. "My teammates did a good job
getting me the ball. They knew I was shooting pretty well."
Young hit four 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes as West
Virginia built an 18-8 lead. Villanova cut the deficit to 23-20
with 5 minutes remaining in the first half, but the Mountaineers
answered with a 23-4 run.
After shooting 3-of-13 from 3-point range in the first half,
Villanova switched up and went inside to Curtis Sumpter in the
second half. The Wildcats took advantage of the smaller
Mountaineers on offense and held West Virginia to six points in the
first 12:12 of the second half, cutting the deficit to 52-42 with
Sumpter scored on four of the next five Villanova possessions
and the Wildcats pulled within five points before Alexander and
Young hit consecutive 3-pointers. Darris Nichols added a long
jumper to give West Virginia a 63-52 lead with 1:47 to go. All but
six of the Mountaineers' 21 second-half points came on 3s.
"It's a great thing for us to learn," West Virginia coach John
Beilein said. "We got very tentative. I could tell by the first
two passes in the second half. They went back. We didn't want to
Sumpter, the Big East's second-leading scorer, led the Wildcats
(10-3, 0-1) with 21 points, 16 in the second half. But he fouled
out with 34.7 seconds left. Mike Nardi added 12 points.
Villanova's 56 points were its lowest total this season. The
Wildcats came in averaging 81 points per game.
"Defensively, they are just so long and much better than last
year," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "They have a young team
that can play so cohesively. I was shocked at our offense in the
The Wildcats had 16 turnovers that led to 21 West Virginia
For the second straight game, West Virginia handed an opponent
its first road loss. The Mountaineers beat Connecticut 81-71 on
"We have just played a schedule conducive to winning early. It
worked out that way," Beilein said.
Villanova has dropped three straight to West Virginia.
"I don't think we are a bad team. I think we're a really good
team that looked bad tonight," Wright said. "The first half told
the story. They executed really well. We were just living on the