3:30 PM ET, December 26, 2009
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
NEWARK, N.J. -- All No. 6 West Virginia had to do to remain undefeated was withstand a miraculous close to regulation by Seton Hall and another big scoring game by Jeremy Hazell.The Mountaineers blew a 10-point lead with less than a minute to play in regulation Saturday, then managed to win 90-84 in the Big East opener for both teams despite a career-high 41 points by Hazell."It's a huge concern," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said of losing the late lead. "Our two guys missed the front ends of 1-and-1. If we make those, then it really doesn't matter."
• The Mountaineers survived a furious rally by Seton Hall to win the Big East opener for both teams and and started 10-0 for the first time since 2004-05.
• Jeremy Hazell hit just 4 of a school-record 19 3-point attempts, but he finished with 41 points. That tied the highest point total by any Seton Hall player over the past 30 years.
• West Virginia's Devin Ebanks tied a career high with 22 points, set a career high with 7 assists and his 17 rebounds were one shy of his career best.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||29-61 (.475)||31-82 (.378)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-22 (.364)||6-30 (.200)|
|FT Made-Attempted||24-33 (.727)||16-33 (.485)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||25 (0/0)|