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‘Best Virginia’ On To The Sweet 16

Photo by Cody Tomer Best Virginia’s Nathan Adrian netted 11 points in Monday’s win over D2 in The Basketball Tournament.

CHARLESTON — It’s not the March Madness but it’s just as sweet.

West Virginia University alumni team, Best Virginia defeated D2 on Monday night by a final score of 63-51 in The Basketball Tournament to advance to the Sweet 16.

In the round of 16, Best Virginia will play on Wednesday at 9 p.m. and will take on Team 23, which defeated Marshall University alumni squad, Herd That 74-71 with a 3-pointer by J.D. Sword to finish the game.

For Best Virginia, it was a much better start than its second exhibition game and first TBT contest.

Kevin Jones bucketed seven points in the opening frame and Best Virginia led 22-12 heading into the second.

It wasn’t until then that D2 began to cut into the deficit.

In fact, D2 outscored Best Virginia 14-8 in the second quarter and only trailed 30-26 at halftime.

It was an even third period with Best Virginia taking a 45-42 edge into the final frame.

The Mountaineers stood strong in the fourth with a 53-44 advantage as the Elam Ending began.

Best Virginia never looked back on its way to a 63-51 triumph.

Jones paved the way with 12 points and six rebounds in the win, while teammates Tarik Phillip, Jamel Morris and Nathan Adrian all chipped in with 11 points apiece

SAGABA KONATE

A recent professional contract signed by Sagaba Konate will not allow him to play in The Basketball Tournament.

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