West Virginia Eliminates Arizona
Mountaineers hit 11 3-pointer to cruise past Wildcats
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2008 12:13 AM CDT
Arizona forward Chase Budinger (34) applies pressure to West Virginia guard Darris Nichols during first half action in a first round NCAA West Regional basketball game last night.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – The NCAA Tournament selection committee gave Arizona its nation's-best 24th straight trip to the Big Dance. Last night, West Virginia made sure the Wildcats lost in the first round for the 10th time during that streak with a 75-65 win, reports the Associated Press. The seventh-seeded Mountaineers did much of their damage from the outside, hitting 11 of 19 3-pointers.

Alex Ruoff scored 21 points and Da'Sean Butler added 19 for West Virginia (25-10). Arizona (19-15) also had its streak of 20 straight 20 wins seasons snapped. The Mountaineers took the lead for good when Ruoff hit a 3-pointer at the 17:43 mark. The 11 3-pointers tied a season high for West Virginia.