NEW YORK–West Virginia suffered its first loss of the season to the hands of St. John’s, 70-68, on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in the inaugural Big East/ Big 12 Challenge.
The Mountaineers (7-1) shot themselves in the foot, turning the ball over an abysmal 22 times and shooting just 42 percent from the free throw line.
The two teams exchanged leads several times before the Redstorm (8-2) took control in the second half. Greg Williams made both free throws, giving St John’s a 56-46 lead with 10:35 left.
However, WVU refused to back down and its bench brough the Mountaineers back to life. Sean McNeil’s fastbreak 3 tied the game at 68-all with a 1:13 to go.
A questionable foul call against Derek Culver sent Rasheem Dunn to the line and he sank both free throws to seal the victory for the Redstorm.
Culver scored 12 points and grabbed 18 boards. Sean McNeil had 13 points for the Mountaineers..
LJ Figueroa led St. John’s with 17 points. Dunn added 13 and Nick Rutherford 11.
WVU shot 40 percent from the floor and 38 percent from beyond the arc.
The Redstorm shot 33 percent from the field and 12 percent from 3-point range.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS