First one since 1942:
Frank Young and the West Virginia Mountaineers shot past Clemson to their first NIT title in 65 years.
Young scored 24 points, including six 3-pointers, and De’Sean Butler added 20 points to help West Virginia beat Clemson 78-73 in the NIT championship game Thursday night. Young was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.
Young has stepped up in March. He averaged over 20 points in the Big East tournament. The senior followed that up with a stellar NIT to cap off his college career, averaging 22.3 points in five games.
It was the Mountaineers’ first NIT title since 1942, when Rudy Baric led West Virginia over Western Kentucky.
And it wasn’t even close. They were up 10-15 pts the majority of the game and the gap closed with the desperation trash fouls at the end.