Devin Ebanks scored 22 points, Da'Sean Butler had 21, and Kevin Jones added 19 to lead No. 6 West Virginia to a 90-84 overtime victory over Seton Hall yesterday in Newark, N.J., keeping the Mountaineers one of six unbeaten teams in Division I.
Ebanks had 17 rebounds and Jones grabbed 14 for the Mountaineers (10-0) in the Big East opener for both teams.
Jeremy Hazell had a career-high 41 points for the Pirates (9-2), who closed regulation with a 12-2 run to force the extra five minutes in the only game in the country yesterday involving a Division I team.
Butler hit a three-pointer 34 seconds into the overtime to give West Virginia the lead for good.
The biggest plays of the overtime belonged to Jones, a freshman forward. Ebanks missed a jumper as the shot clock wound down with 56 seconds to play and Jones grabbed the rebound.
With 32 seconds left, Jones hit a trey to give West Virginia an 87-80 lead, and the Pirates didn't get closer than six points the rest of the way.
That Seton Hall even had a chance to get the game to overtime was surprising considering the Pirates finished 6 of 30 from three-point range - 4 of 19 by Hazell - and they shot less than 50 percent from the free-throw line (16 of 33), including going 8 of 20 after halftime.