W. Virginia survives Seton Hall visit

December 27, 2009

All No. 6 West Virginia had to do to remain undefeated was withstand a miraculous close to regulation by Seton Hall and another big scoring game by Jeremy Hazell.

The visiting Mountaineers blew a 10-point lead with less than a minute to play in regulation Saturday, then managed to win 90-84 in the Big East opener for both teams despite a career-high 41 points by Hazell.

"It's a huge concern," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said of losing the late lead. "Our two guys missed the front ends of 1-and-1. If we make those, then it really doesn't matter."

At least the Mountaineers (10-0) were able to overcome their missed free throws.

Seton Hall (9-2) couldn't, finishing 16 of 33 from the line, including 8 of 20 after halftime.

Devin Ebanks had 22 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists for West Virginia. Da'Sean Butler had 21 points and six assists and Kevin Jones added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Mountaineers.

• Louisville coach Rick Pitino cooked a Christmas Eve dinner for some of his players who couldn't make it home for the holidays.

The feast included chicken parmesan, lasagna and steak. There weren't any leftovers, which is probably a good thing anyway. Trying to find a way to slow down Radford center Art Parakhouski - which the Cardinals will have to do Sunday when the Highlanders visit Freedom Hall - has a way of making coaches lose their appetite.

The 6-foot-11 Parakhouski is averaging 22.7 points and leads the nation with 14.0 rebounds per game.


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