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WVU Comes Up Just Short

West Virginia and Purdue went back and forth most of Sunday afternoon, but the Boilermakers eventually came out on top, winning 73-70 in front of 10,019 fans at the WVU Coliseum.

Harris led the team with 24 points on Sunday.

True freshman Devin Williams finished with his fourth double-double of the season, accounting for 20 points and 12 rebounds. Eron Harris added another 24 points, while Juwan Staten tallied 14 points, three rebounds and four assists.

With five minutes remaining in the game, the Mountaineers (7-5, 0-0) had an opportunity to tie or take the lead, possessing the ball and trailing only 60-58. However, a Nathan Adrian three came up short, and the Boilermakers (10-3, 0-0) went on a 7-2 run to put WVU back into desperation mode.

With WVU fouling and the game seemingly over, Eron Harris hit a big three to cut the lead to 71-68. Purdue made only two of their final four free throws and Juwan Staten made a quick layup, giving the Mountaineers a last second shot to tie the game. However, Harris' attempt was blocked as the buzzer sounded.

The first half was a hotly contested battle that resulted in a fairly even 20 minutes of play. After trading baskets through the first few possessions, West Virginia made the first run, scoring nine straight points to go up 14-6. Purdue, however, answered with eight straight of their own to tie things again.

No one would lead by more than five for the rest of the first half, and there were a total of twelve lead changes and seven ties. Eventually, the Boilermakers got a tip in with four seconds left on the clock to take a 35-33 lead into the break.

Devin Williams led the way in the first half, scoring 12 points and pulling down seven rebounds.

The Mountaineers struggled to start the second half, not scoring for the first three and a half minutes, and Purdue extended the lead to 40-33. The Boilermakers kept the home team at arm's length for the next several minutes, matching most everything WVU threw at them.

At the 7:05 mark, however, Devin Williams hit a pair of free throws to complete a 10-3 run to cut things down to 55-54 - and the two teams went back to their back and forth ways, trading buckets until the deciding final minutes.

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