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West Virginia-Missouri analysis / How the game was won

How West Virginia Won: The second-seeded Mountaineers kept the game at their preferred slow pace, handled Missouri's pressure defense and prevented the 10th-seeded Tigers from getting their lethal transition game going to post a 68-59 victory in a second-round East Regional contest.

Turning Point: The Mountaineers resisted the urge to get into an up-tempo game, which would have been to the advantage of the run-and-gun Tigers.
Missouri is not as comfortable playing half-court basketball and it showed as scoring was difficult against West Virginia's rugged defense.

Player of the Game: There was no way West Virginia star Da'Sean Butler would be quiet offensively in back-to-back games. After scoring just eight points in Friday's win over Morgan State, the Mountaineers' All-Big East guard erupted for 28 points, going 12 for 13 at the free throw line.

Unsung Hero: West Virginia point guards Darryl Bryant and Joe Mazzulla combined for just eight points, but more important was their ability to handle Missouri's press.

Stat of the Game: Missouri's offense feeds off taking the ball away from the opposition, but the Tigers scored just six points off 10 turnovers and had only two fast-break points.

Stat Stunner: Normally not a good rebounding team, Missouri had more offensive boards (17) than West Virginia (13), which ranked second in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage. That led to a 19-11 advantage in second-chance points.

Quotable: "It's like your house burning down. You have to start over and build it over again." -- Missouri guard Kim English on Sunday's loss.

In the House: An HSBC Arena crowd of 18,934 watched both games.

--Allen Wilson

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