A late surge from West Virginia wasn't enough to defeat Davidson as the Mountaineers fall in the Old Spice Classic semifinals, 60-63.
Despite controlling the first twenty minutes and a halftime lead, West Virginia couldn't capitalize to pull out the victory. A win would have sent the Mountaineers to the finals of the Old Spice Classic.
"The officiating is very inconsistent, different guys see the game different ways," said head coach Bob Huggins. "We don't adjust, and then we just made some really dumb plays."
The team trailed by as much as much as eleven in the second half, and pulled it within one, but Davidson wouldn't allow another lead.
After a Chris Czerapowicz three-pointer to make the lead four with under a minute to play, Terry Henderson responded with a three of his own to bring the lead to one with just 13.6 seconds remaining.
An the in-bound pass, Nick Cochran caught the ball and was fouled. As an 87% career free throw shooter, he knocked down both of his attempts.
With ten seconds left, the leading scorer for WVU, Juwan Staten, attempted a three-point shot to tie the game as time expired. The ball rimmed out as the buzzer rang. Game over.
The Mountaineers shot 40% from the field in this contest, but made just 10-29 shots in the second half. They also struggled from the free throw line, making just 8-17 attempts.
"We cut it to three, and then we go miss two free throws," said Huggins. "We missed at least seven one-footers that I can remember. You can't do that and beat good teams."
Staten finished with 15 points, tied with Czerapowicz for the game-high. Backup point guard Gary Browne came off the bench to add 11 points of his own, as well as three assists.
Aaric Murray started this game, a day after coming off the bench in the second half. However, he found himself in foul trouble early which kept him off the court for most of the second half. He finished with six points in 21 minutes of play.
Eron Harris, the leading for scorer against Marist, didn't see a single minute of action on the floor. The other freshman standout Terry Henderson managed just six points on two three-point shots.
"We tried to address the probem of perimeter shooter, and maybe we should have played Eron Harris some more, I don't know," said Huggins. "It's just hard to have two freshmen out there who don't know what they're doing."
West Virginia had 18 offensive rebounds, compared to just five from Davidson, but couldn't capitalize on second chance opportunities.
For Davidson, it was sharp shooting that helped them earn a victory, despite twenty turnovers. The team shot just under 50% from the field, and made 17-22 free throws.
Four players scored in double figures, while Cochran had just six points, but seven assists.
"We didn't make shots like we're supposed to do so we lost," said starting forward Deniz Kilicli. "Basketball is not all about scoring, but it's a part of it so you have to score. The biggest problem is we can't score, that's the whole deal."
West Virginia will host VMI on November 28, while Davidson advances to the finals of the Old Spice Classic and will play on Sunday against the winner of the Oklahoma/Gonzaga happening later today.