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WVU's NCAA Tournament ends in Sweet 16 loss to Gonzaga

The West Virginia Mountaineers had a chance to win in the final seconds, but fell to Gonzaga, ending their NCAA Tournament run. (WCHS/WVAH)

The West Virginia Mountaineers had a chance to win in the final seconds, but fell to Gonzaga, ending their NCAA Tournament run.

In a game plagued by fouls, the fourth-seeded Mountaineers (28-9) fell to Gonzaga (35-1), the top seed in the West Region, 61-58 in the Sweet 16 in San Jose Thursday night.

Being some clutch play by Jevon Carter, WVU held a a lead with under a minute remaining, but couldn't hold on.

Down just 3 in the closing seconds, Carter had three chances at a game-tying 3-pointer in the final possession, missing the third shot as time expired.

Carter led the way for the Mountaineers scoring 21 points on 6-17 shooting, including going 5-5 from the free throw line. Carter also pulled down 7 rebounds. Carter was the only Mountaineer in double-figures.

In his final game as a Mountaineer, Morgantown native, Nathan Adrian scored 6 points and pulled down 5 rebounds, but spent much of the second half in foul trouble.

As a team, WVU shot 46 percent from the field and nearly 37 percent from beyond the 3-point line, but against Gonzaga, the Mountaineers couldn’t get shots to fall. The Mountaineers shot just 26.7 percent from the floor and 21.7 from the 3-point line in their Sweet 16 lost to the Bulldogs.

WVU shot 21-29 from the free throw line in a game where 51 total fouls were called. WVU got called for 25 fouls and Gonzaga was whistled for 26.

The loss makes WVU 0-4 all-time against Gonzaga, with all four games being played since 2012.

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