Saturday, March 13, 2010
Final: West Virginia 60, Georgetown 58
By Dana O'Neil
NEW YORK -- Da'Sean Butler will never buy a drink or a meal again in West Virginia.
At the school that gave us the emblem of basketball, Butler has etched his name in the history books. His falling-down, circus shot sealed West Virginia's 60-58 victory over Georgetown and first Big East Conference tournament title and may just have locked up the No. 1 seed for the Mountaineers.
That's two buzzer-beaters in three games for the WVU hero.
And one had luck almost for Chris Wright. The Georgetown guard drove the length of the court and came up about four inches short of tying what goes down as an unexpected Big East final but one of the most entertaining in a long time.
Both the Hoyas and the Mountaineers enter the NCAA tournament playing easily the best basketball of the season and should be well rewarded for their efforts by the selection committee tomorrow.
But no one will reap a better reward than Butler. He is a lifetime legend now, a kid who went from barely recruited to superstar in four years of hard work.