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WVSports – Maryland holds off Mountaineers early exit in 65-67 nail-biter

The first game of the tournament was bitter down to the last second, but it was Maryland coming out on top over WVU, 67–65.

Both teams scored on their opening possessions, but West Virginia was held to a shot clock violation on their next possession.

Eric Stevenson then got a tough bucket to tie the game at four, and then KD Johnson hit a three to tie the game at four for the Mountaineers.

A steal by Stevenson eventually resulted in another bucket for WVU, this time by Trey Mitchell on a good find from Jimmy Bell.

After the first five minutes of play, Stevenson got another bucket in transition to put his team ahead 11–4.

Maryland was shut down early by West Virginia, turning the ball over five times in the first five minutes and going four minutes without scoring, allowing the Mountaineers to take an early lead.

The Terrapins continued to struggle, still with only four points and six turnovers in the first eight minutes. West Virginia has scored 11 unanswered points so far.

Joe Toussaint hit a three with eleven to extend a seven-minute-long 14–0 run.

Tousssaint scored the next points from range as well for WVU, leading the Mountaineers up to eleven midway through the first half.

With eight minutes to play in the first, Trey Mitchell ended up in the paint, with the Mountaineers now leading 21–13.

A three pointer and a one-off from Maryland quickly got them back within two.

Another three by Maryland gave them their first lead since the start of the contest.

With just over five minutes left in the first half, Johnson struck back for her second three of the night to put her team up by four.

A tough jumper by Stevenson tied the game at 30 with a minute to play in the first.

The half ended with West Virginia trailing by two, the score being 32–30. Kedrian Johnson led the team with ten points.

Trey Mitchell lined up to start the second half, where he made one of two free throws.

Two minutes into the second, Johnson caught another one to move within four of the Terrapins. Then, Johnson did the same on the next Mountaineer possession to move within one.

After scoring 10 consecutive points in the final three possessions for West Virginia, Johnson finished a four-point game to take the lead.

Seth Wilson dove into the game and quickly got himself noticed with a tough three pointer to increase WVU’s lead to six.

Johnson then hit another three for a 16–0 run for the Mountaineers, 13 of which were Johnson’s.

Two consecutive turnovers by Maryland resulted in an eight-point lead by a mid-range jumper by Trey Mitchell.

Midway through the second half, Jimmy Bell fouled out for West Virginia, who only held a one-point lead.

After a 9–0 Maryland run gave the Terrapins the lead again, Joe Toussaint grabbed an offensive rebound and finished one-and-one to give it back to WVU.

The two teams were tied at 54 with eight minutes remaining.

Eric Stevenson hit his first three of the night to give West Virginia a 59–56 lead.

However, with three and a half to play the Mountaineers trailed by two.

A minute later, they trailed by five.

West Virginia has the ball on three down with only 30 seconds remaining on a trip to Maryland.

Trey Mitchell scored within one, with eight seconds left on the clock in an attempt to get the ball back and win the game.

The Mountaineers were unable to get a last second layup to fall, resulting in a 65–67 loss to Maryland and ending their season.



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