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West Virginia beats Missouri 68-59; heads to Sweet 16

Da'Sean Butler has 28 points and Devin Ebanks added 14 as West Virginia knocked off Missouri 68-59 in a second-round NCAA game. Kevin Jones added 13 points in the win. The key for the Mountaineers, the second of three Big East teams hoping to advance, was the second-half play of Ebanks and Jones. Ebanks had nine of his 14 in the second half, while Jones scored 11 of his 13 after the break.  

Missouri didn't let West Virginia run away. The Tigers outscored WVU 12-9 over a seven-plus minute stretch and trailed 58-53 with 3:34 left.

Kevin Jones has scored seven of the last nine points for West Virginia, which leads 49-41 with 11:28 left. Jones has 11 points in the game. Da'Sean Butler leads the Mountaineers with 22 points.  

A rugged defense has kept West Virginia on top. Only Da'Sean Butler is scoring for the Mountaineers. West Virginia's forward combo of Devin Ebanks (7 points) and Kevin Jones have combined for just four points. Missouri is shooting 11-for-36 from the field and the Mountaineers lead 36-29 with 15:56 left in the game.

Da'Sean Butler is motivated and focused. You can tell by the 19 points he has for West Virginia. No one else is really helping him, though, as the rest of the team is shooting 5-for-23 from the field. This can't go on forever as West Virginia leads Missouri, 30-25, at the half.

Michael Dixon has seven points off the bench for the Tigers. Missouri is 4-for-9 from three-point range and has six blocks. They are keeping it close.

 Da'Sean Butler is getting it done with 12 points for West Virginia. Missouri is within arm's length thanks to an efficient offense (8-for-15) and Laurence Bowers who has three blocks and two rebounds. Devin Ebanks has five points for the Mountaineers, but he needs to do a little more. WVU leads Mizzou 23-20 with 5:15 left in the first half.

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