West Virginia's season ends with loss to Villanova
BOSTON, MASS. (WCHS/WVAH) - West Virginia fell to Villanova, 90-78, in the Mountaineers' third Sweet Sixteen appearance in four seasons.
West Virginia took a 60-54 lead with 11:08 to play, but Jay Wright's Wildcats took control, outscoring West Virginia 36-18 in the final stretch of the game.
"What a college basketball game," Wright said in his postgame press conference. "I hope it looked as good as it did from the bench. All the credit in the world to West Virginia. That was the most physically demanding 40 minutes we've played in a long time."
Seniors Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. combined for 28 points in their final game in gold and blue. Head coach Bob Huggins had nothing but high praise for his duo.
"They're going to go down as the best four-year backcourt in the history of West Virginia basketball, and that's saying a lot," Huggins said.
Villanova found most of its success from behind the arc, finishing better than 54 percent from three-point range.
Behind Jalen Brunson's 27 points and Omari Spellman's 18 and eight rebounds, Villanova advances, ending the successful careers of Carter and Miles Jr.
"It's been fun," Miles Jr. said. "I wish we would've kept going, but I enjoyed every moment."
"It's unfortunate we lost in the Sweet Sixteen," Carter "I feel like we gave it everything we had. We just didn't make shots, Villanova did, and good luck to them in the future."