December 29, 2009
Da'Sean wanted the shot
MORGANTOWN--With time running out, Da'Sean Butler knew what his coach and teammates wanted him to do--take the last shot and keep West Virginia's unbeaten winning streak alive. The 6-foot 7 senior forward grabbed a missed Marquette free throw, dribbled the ball down the court, utilized his patented spin move to create space and drained a jump shot with less than 3 seconds left to give the Mountaineers (11-0, 2-0) a 63-62 come from behind victory over Marquette (9-4, 0-1) tonight at the WVU Coliseum.
West Virginia is now off to its best start in more than 50 years. That Jerry West led 1957-58 team won its first 14 games before losing 72-68 at Duke.
"I just knew that everybody wanted me to shoot the ball and I had the ball," said Butler. "You don't pass the ball in these situations. I got it, got it over half court, noticed the time and just went for it-you either win or lose. I want the ball in those situations."
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