Thursday , Mar , 29 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Mountaineers top Clemson for NIT crown

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Frank Young poured in 24 points as West
Virginia captured the 70th annual NIT championship with a 78-73 victory over
Clemson at Madison Square Garden.

Da’Sean Butler scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the
Mountaineers (27-9), who last won the NIT title in 1942. Darris Nichols added
13 points with five boards in the win.

West Virginia finished 52 percent shooting from the field.

K.C. Rivers posted 18 points, four assists and three steals for the Tigers
(25-11), who have never won a postseason crown of any kind. Vernon Hamilton
chipped in 16, Trevor Booker 13 and Cliff Hammonds 11 in defeat.

Clemson shot 48 percent from the floor.