9:25 PM ET, March 11, 2010
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Butler's buzzer-beater sinks Cincy, moves West Virginia into Big East semis
NEW YORK -- The Big East's day of quarterfinal upsets ended with an unlikely long shot.West Virginia became the only one of the conference's top four seeds to advance to the semifinals when Da'Sean Butler took an inbounds pass and banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Mountaineers (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) a 54-51 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday night.The third-seeded Mountaineers (25-6) will face seventh-seeded Notre Dame, which beat second-seeded Pittsburgh, on Friday night.
• West Virginia is 5-2 the last two seasons in Big East tournament play.
• Three players scored in double figures for the Mountaineers. Kevin Jones led the way with 17 points and Da'Sean Butler added 15, including the winning 3-pointer.
• Cincinnati has lost its last five games against ranked opponents.
• Big East rookie of the year Lance Stephenson led the Bearcats with a game-high 19 points.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Big 12 Tournament
NEW YORK - MARCH 11: Kevin Jones #5 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts after a play as Yancy Gates #34 of...(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||17-51 (.333)||21-60 (.350)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-14 (.357)||4-20 (.200)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-16 (.750)||8-13 (.615)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||16 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|
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