AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “I’m embarrassed about our defense when you look at the numbers, but the turnovers allowed us to keep people off the offensive boards and from getting putbacks,” West Virginia coach John Beilein said. The Mountaineers came in as 11-point underdogs, but fought back from a 15-point deficit early in the second half. Pittsnogle made a 3 to cut Villanova’s lead to 76-74 with under 5 minutes left and Herber made two free throws to tie it. After Allan Ray missed a 3-pointer, Frank Young made a jumper to give West Virginia its first lead, 78-76, since the first half. Herber’s layup put West Virginia ahead 84-79 with 1:23 remaining and Pittsnogle’s hook shot made it 86-81. Foye made a 3-pointer to cut it to 86-84. A 3-pointer by Nardi got Villanova within 88-87, but Herber made two free throws and Nardi committed a crucial turnover. Patrick Beilein sealed it with a free throw. VILLANOVA, Pa. – West Virginia couldn’t make Villanova miss shots, so the Mountaineers forced the ball away from them. Joe Herber scored 23 points and Kevin Pittsnogle had 22, leading No. 24 West Virginia to a 91-87 upset over No. 3 Villanova on Sunday. Mike Gansey added 21 points as the Mountaineers (10-3, 2-0 Big East) beat their second top-10 opponent this season. Randy Foye had 24 points and Mike Nardi scored 23 for Villanova (10-1, 1-1). The Wildcats had 22 turnovers to offset a strong shooting performance. Villanova shot 58 percent (29for 50) from the floor, including 57.7 percent from 3-point range (15 for 26), but had trouble once West Virginia started trapping on defense. “They’re the best in the conference at that,” Wildcats coach Jay Wright said. “Obviously, we’ve got to get better taking care of the ball. There’s two teams that have trapped us – the last two teams – and we’ve turned the ball over. “Even against Temple, another team that trapped a lot, we turned the ball over. Even when we’re winning, we’ve said we’re a work in progress. We still have to get a lot better. I think that was proven today.” West Virginia, which beat then-No. 7 Oklahoma 92-68 last month, has won eight in a row after losing three straight in late November. The Mountaineers avenged a 38-point loss at Villanova last year. “Coming here and beating them, it was tremendous,” Pittsnogle said. “They were hitting incredible shots, but we can shoot with anybody.” The Wildcats shot an astounding 71.4 percent (15 for 21) in the first half, including 76.9 percent (10 for 13) from 3-point range, to take a 46-37 lead. Foye was 2 for 8 during the first half, while his teammates made all 13 of their shots. But West Virginia made key defensive adjustments early in the second half after Nardi hit consecutive 3s to give Villanova a 52-37 lead in the opening minute. “Anytime we got it, they really extended on me and Allan on the wings,” Nardi said. “A couple of times, I got trapped and had to move the ball. I thought they really got out and didn’t allow us to get 3s.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!