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Ex WVU G Joe Toussaint Scores 16 as College Career Ends with Texas Tech’s NCAA Tournament Loss



Joe Toussaint

PITTSBURGH – Completing the tough night for ex WVU players, Joe Toussaint and Texas Tech fell to North Carolina State to cap off the first day of the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh.

Despite the loss, Toussaint did his part. The Bronx, N.Y. native led the Red Raiders in scoring with 16 points. He connected on 5-of-14 attempts. The loss eliminates Texas Tech and ends Toussaint’s college career.

Toussaint originally was set to stay at West Virginia for his fifth season of eligibility, but departed to the Big 12 foe with a new staff under Grant McCasland, who was hired from North Texas. Toussaint faced off against his former team for the first and only time on March 2, ending the night with a game-high of 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting. The 6-foot guard also recorded seven assists.

“I really wasn’t thinking about it like that. It was just another game on the East Coast,” Toussaint said at that time about playing WVU. “I was just happy my family came to see me. As you guys know, New York is like five-and-a-half [hours] away so I was happy my dad and brothers came to support me here. It’s all respect to the coaches on that side, the guys, respect them 100%.”

Toussaint spent one season at West Virginia, helping the Mountaineers return to the NCAA Tournament for one final time under Huggins. Toussaint played in all 34 games for West Virginia, averaging 9.4 points. Toussaint was 1-of-4 Mountaineers to transfer out after Huggins, along with Tre Mitchell (Kentucky), Mohamed Wague (Alabama) and James Okonkwo (North Carolina).

Joe Toussaint averaged 12.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists on 41% shooting for the Red Raiders throughout his final college season.

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