West Virginia played Seton Hall on Friday night less than 50 hours after defeating Villanova on Wednesday night. The short break between games was evident, as the Mountaineers found themselves down early and were forced to play catch-up for most of the game.
Fuquan Edwin scored 19 points and Seton Hall held off a late comeback by West Virginia to defeat the Mountaineers 67-48 in Newark, NJ.
West Virginia fell to 10-4 on the season and 1-1 in Big East Conference play.
"I'm embarrassed for the coaching staff, for the university and for the state," West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins said on his postgame radio show with the Mountaineer Sports Network.
The sluggish West Virginia offense committed 18 turnovers and only shot 31 percent from the floor.
"They just knocked the snot out of us," Huggins said. "I am incredibly frustrated."
The Pirates used an 11-0 run early in the first half to earn a 16-7 advantage. Seton Hall's Herb Pope anchored the offensive attack in the first half.
West Virginia was unable to find any rhythm offensively and found itself down by as many as 19 points in the first half and trailed 38-22 at the half.
The Pirates' 2-3 zone defense forced 11 first-half turnovers by the Mountaineers, and held the visitors to just seven made field goals on 26 attempts.
"We certainly did not respond very well to the physicality tonight," Huggins said.
West Virginia's leading scorers Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant were a combined 4-16 from the field in the first half.
The Mountaineers were able to begin to claw into the deficit early in the second half. Bryant and freshman guard Gary Browne hit back-to-back three-pointers to bring West Virginia within 13 points with 12 minutes left to play.
Jones hit a three for West Virginia, and suddenly, the Mountaineers were only down by eight, 52-44.
West Virginia was able to get within six points, 54-48, but the early deficit proved to be too much to overcome.
"We get it to six, and we don't score again," Huggins said. "We don't score again because we won't stay in what we're supposed to stay in."
The Mountaineers didn't score for the final 6:49 of the game.
Seton Hall had three players in double figures and shot 48 percent from the field.
The Mountaineers had just eight assists on 17 made field goals.
Jones and Bryant combined to shoot 8-32.
"We're not going to win with those guys shooting the ball like that," Huggins said.