NEW YORK, March 13 (UPI) -- Joe Alexander scored 34 points Thursday to help West Virginia down No. 15 Connecticut 78-72 in the quarterfinals of the men's Big East Tournament in New York.
From a 31-30 deficit, WVU used a 10-0 spurt to grab a 42-36 advantage at the break.
A 4-0 WVU run started the second half when the lead was 13 points on several occasions and Alexander made 8 of 9 free throws.
Butler finished with 17 points and nine rebounds and Nichols added 13 points with four rebounds for the Mountaineers (24-9), who have won four in a row and six of their last seven games.
Thursday's victory avenged a 79-71 loss at Connecticut on March 1.
UConn was led by A.J. Price's 22 points, three rebounds and six assists.