Point guard Darris Nichols led West Virginia with 14 points, nine of which came in the first half. Nichols, though, was not nearly as aggressive in the second half, which was a theme for the entire team.
Nichols was 6-13 from the field, and also had six assists to his credit.
One problem that ultimately did in the Mountaineers on Tuesday night was bad shooting. West Virginia was a paltry 9-41 from downtown, which works out to just under 22 percent from the field. In the second half, the blue and gold was just 3-26 from downtown.
Another problem that was very apparent in the final stretch against Providence was that it seemed everyone was waiting for Frank Young to make a play. Young is a great shooter, and is the unquestioned leader of this team, but by the end of the game everyone in the Dunkin' Donuts Center knew that he was the only Mountaineer player looking to shoot the ball. When Young would get the ball, others on the court would freeze until his shot went up.
Finally, the Mountaineers ran out their luck with the brand new gold uniforms. The team had been a perfect 6-0 since unveiling the new threads earlier this season.
West Virginia may have played itself to the wrong side of the bubble on Tuesday night in Providence.