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West Virginia Mountaineers win Big East tournament title in final seconds over Georgetown Hoyas

Joe Mazzulla, left, of West Virginia guards Chris Wright, who led Georgetown with 20 points in a losing effort.

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Joe Mazzulla, left, of West Virginia guards Chris Wright, who led Georgetown with 20 points in a losing effort.

NEW YORK — Da'Sean Butler's driving jumper in the lane with 4.2 seconds remaining ended the Big East tournament in style Saturday night as No. 7 West Virginia won the conference's tournament title for the first time, beating No. 22 Georgetown 60-58 at Madison Square Garden.

The Mountaineers (27-6), the third seed in a tournament full of upsets, led the entire second half until Austin Freeman's 3-pointer tied it at 56 for the Hoyas with 54 seconds left.

The Hoyas (23-10) tied it again at 58 on Chris Wright's jumper with 17 seconds left after West Virginia took the lead on Joe Mazzulla's two free throws.

The Mountaineers took the ball downcourt and called timeout, setting up Butler for the winning basket.

West Virginia led 32-28 at halftime and had as much as a nine-point edge twice in the second half before the Hoyas, who hold the Big East record with seven league tournament titles, came back.

Butler's winning shot was his second in three days. The senior guard banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give West Virginia a quarterfinal win against Cincinnati on Thursday.

West Virginia, the only one of the top four seeds to escape the quarterfinals, was making its second championship game appearance.

Just like its two other wins in this tournament, this one was close and Butler had a lot to do with it.

Butler, who scored 20 in the final and added six rebounds, was selected the tournament MVP. Kevin Jones added 12 points for the Mountaineers.

Wright had 20 points for the Hoyas. His length-of-the-court drive to send the game into overtime came up short.

No. 7 W. Va. 60

No. 22 G'town 58

West Virginia Mountaineers win Big East tournament title in final seconds over Georgetown Hoyas 03/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 13, 2010 11:43pm]
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