No. 5 Syracuse Holds Off No. 10 West Virginia, 72-71
Jan. 16, 2010
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -Brandon Triche scored 16 points and No. 5 Syracuse nearly blew a 10-point lead in the final minute before outlasting No. 10 West Virginia 72-71 on Saturday.
Kris Joseph and Wes Johnson added 13 points apiece for Syracuse (17-1, 4-1 Big East), while Andy Rautins had 12.
Syracuse led 65-55 with 1:18 remaining after a free throw by Johnson, but West Virginia (13-3, 4-2) came storming back.
Darryl Bryant led West Virginia with 18 points and he hit two 3-pointers in the final 33 seconds, including one with 3 seconds left for the final margin.
Joseph missed two free throws with 2.5 seconds left. West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler got the rebound but couldn't get off a quality shot as time ran out.
Freshman Dalton Pepper added a career-high 15 points for West Virginia, while Butler scored 13 and Kevin Jones had 11.