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West Virginia clips Georgetown

Jan 8, 2011 - 11:56 PM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Casey Mitchell made four three-pointers and finished with 28 points, leading West Virginia to a 65-59 victory over 13th- ranked Georgetown at Verizon Center.

Kevin Jones added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Mountaineers (10-4, 2-2 Big East), who won another close conference game. After losing by five at Marquette on New Year's Day, West Virginia beat DePaul by two on Tuesday.

Saturday's victory was close down the stretch, and the Mountaineers got some help from the Hoyas, who turned the ball over four times in the final two minutes.

"It would be easy to sit here and say that's just how the ball bounces," Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. "We're in a place where we don't want to be right now. Everyone in that locker room from myself on down has to figure out how to get us out of this place. We're the same group of guys who were in there two or three weeks ago and now we just have to find out how to get back there."

Jason Clark scored 16 points to pace Georgetown (12-4, 1-3), which was coming off Monday's 61-58 loss at St. John's.

West Virginia held a 29-25 edge at halftime, and the Hoyas opened the second half with seven consecutive points. Chris Wright drained a three-pointer to end the rally and put Georgetown ahead.

The Mountaineers countered with four points to move back in front, and they built a seven-point lead about five minutes into the half. Jones' free throw made it a 41-34 game, but the Hoyas followed with the next three.

While Georgetown stayed close, WVU carried a small lead down the stretch. The margin was generally one or two possessions, but it still put the come- from-behind onus on the Hoyas.

Georgetown was in good position to do so after Clark's three-point play trimmed the Mountaineers' lead to 62-59 with 2:35 to play. However, the Hoyas were doomed by their own errors, and took just one more shot.

After Darryl Bryant missed a jumper on WVU's next possession, Wright turned the ball over. Mitchell and Jones missed three-point shots on the Mountaineers' next two touches, but Clark lost the ball after both.

Bryant was fouled with about half a minute to play, and made 1-of-2 from the line. Clark again lost handle of the ball at the Hoyas' end of the court, and Austin Freeman was ruled out of bounds as he chased it down, essentially securing the outcome.

"We look at the top 25 and you start looking at your resume and you're 1-3 it doesn't look good, but when you are 2-2 and get a road win against a great team like Georgetown it makes a huge difference," Jones said. "Now we want to go home continue that and keep winning games."

Georgetown led by as many as six in the first half, but West Virginia ended the period with a Mitchell jumper and John Flowers trey to take a lead into the break.

Game Notes

Georgetown had 18 total turnovers...The game featured 11 lead changes and was tied 10 times...The Hoyas shot 50 percent, but took eight fewer shots than WVU...Freeman scored 11 points for Georgetown.