College Sports

W. Va. clinches double bye

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. —Da'Sean Butler scored 22 points in his final home game, and No. 10 West Virginia beat No. 19 Georgetown 81-68 on Monday night.

The Mountaineers (23-6, 12-5) clinched a double bye into the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.

Devin Ebanks added 15 points, Kevin Jones scored 14 and Darryl Bryant had 11 for West Virginia.

The free fall continues for Georgetown (19-9, 9-8), which was ranked No. 7 three weeks ago and has lost four of five.

The Mountaineers led by as many as 27 points early in the second half and Georgetown, playing without ailing leading scorer Austin Freeman, couldn't catch up.

Greg Monroe had 22 points and nine rebounds, and Chris Wright scored 21 points for the Hoyas.

Butler was introduced last among West Virginia's three seniors before the game and received the loudest ovation. He has 1,936 points and will end up in third place on the school's career scoring list behind Jerry West (2,309) and Hot Rod Hundley (2,180).

West Virginia outscored Georgetown 27-14 from the free-throw line, forced 20 turnovers and picked apart the Hoyas with an up-tempo transition offense.

Freeman, who is averaging 17 points per game and is Georgetown's top three-point shooter, is still recovering from stomach flu that limited him to five points in only 23 minutes in a loss to Notre Dame on Saturday. Hollis Thompson started in Freeman's place for the second straight game but was held to three points.

GEORGETOWN (19-9): Thompson 1-2 0-0 3, Vaughn 2-3 1-2 5, Monroe 8-15 6-9 22, Wright 7-18 5-6 21, Clark 2-6 0-0 5, Sanford 3-4 1-2 9, Benimon 1-1 1-2 3, Sims 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-49 14-21 68.

WEST VIRGINIA (23-6): Ebanks 3-9 9-12 15, Jones 5-9 3-4 14, Smith 1-6 2-2 5, Butler 7-16 6-7 22, Bryant 2-6 7-8 11, Thoroughman 0-0 0-0 0, West 0-0 0-0 0, Payne 0-0 0-0 0, Mazzulla 1-2 0-1 2, Jennings 0-1 0-0 0, Mitchell 3-5 0-0 8, Flowers 2-2 0-0 4, Kilicli 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-56 27-34 81.

Halftime—West Virginia 43-26. 3-Point Goals—Georgetown 6-16 (Sanford 2-3, Wright 2-5, Thompson 1-2, Clark 1-5, Monroe 0-1), West Virginia 6-21 (Mitchell 2-4, Butler 2-7, Jones 1-3, Smith 1-5, Bryant 0-2). Fouled Out—Smith, Thompson. Rebounds—Georgetown 33 (Monroe 9), West Virginia 31 (Butler, Jones 6). Assists—Georgetown 17 (Wright 7), West Virginia 17 (Butler 6). Total Fouls—George town 25, West Virginia 17. A—13,211.

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