Instant Analysis: No. 5 West Virginia survives

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The classic 5-seed versus 12-seed matchup was everything and then some from the Bulls and Mountaineers. Buffalo mounted a huge run, but West Virginia held on by the score of 68-62.

Impact Player

Tarik Phillip. He wasn’t WVU’s leading scorer, but he put the nail in the coffin with a huge 3-point shot to extend their lead from 2 to 5 in the closing seconds of the game.

Turning Point

The turning point of the game came from Buffalo which went on a 12-4 run to tie the game at 62 late in the 2nd half.

Strange, Yet True

Usually, the 12 seed finds a way to pull off the upset, but this year in the tournament no No.12 seeds were able to defeat a No.5 seed.

Up Next

West Virginia will face the winner of Maryland/Valparaiso on Sunday.

Buffalo’s season comes to an end as MAC tournament champion with a 23-10 record.

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