NEW YORK – With the Big East tournament title hanging in the balance, another contest arose that would decide the league’s champion. Georgetown’s Chris Wright and West Virginia’s Da’Sean Butler were competing for Most Valuable Player of the tournament, and whoever could make the final play would take home all the hardware. Wright hit a runner on a spinning drive to tie the game with 17 seconds to play, but Butler hit a contested layup in the waning seconds to give No. 3 seed West Virginia a 60-58 win over eighth-seeded Georgetown. Both stars scored a game-high 20 points, but it was Butler that finished the night as a champion and MVP. Wright had a chance to win it, driving the length of the court in the final four seconds, but his running scoop from five feet fell short. “I was thinking of getting to the basket,” Wright said. “Trying to finish, try to get a lay-up. I had time on the clock. I wasn’t thinking of pulling up or anything, just get over to the basket and get it to overtime.” Wright and sophomore center Greg Monroe were named to the six-man all-tournament team. The Hoyas overcame a nine-point deficit in the final eight minutes to set up a thrilling finish. An Austin Freeman three-pointer with 56 seconds left tied the game for the first time since midway through the first half. Butler missed a three on the ensuing possession but got his own rebound which would have allowed the Mountaineers to hold for a final shot. Thinking that the Hoyas were losing, Wright fouled Joe Mazzulla to stop the clock, a move Wright admitted was a mistake. azzulla hit both free throws of the double bonus, but Wright responded with his runner. Out of a timeout, Butler caught the inbounds pass beyond the arc and drove past Monroe into the lane. Freeman provided help defense, but Butler powered through his outstretched arms for an off-balanced shot. The ball hit the backboard and rim before falling home. Butler hit a game-winning three against Cincinnati in the quarterfinal round. “We ran the same play that we set up for the Cincinnati game,” Butler said. “They kind of overplayed one side and I went the other way. . Monroe was on me, and I think he had the feeling I was going to shoot a three.” onroe switched onto Butler off a screen before the inbounds pass. “We expected them to put the ball into Butler’s hands and let him make a play,” Head Coach John Thompson III said. Wright was spectacular in the loss. The point guard set up Freeman’s game-tying trey by drawing two defenders on a drive, and he finished with seven assists to two turnovers. The Hoyas struggled to make threes, hitting only 4-of-16, but Wright set up all four for his teammates. With 10:37 to play, Monroe threw an outlet pass too far ahead of Wright, but the bowling ball point guard plowed over the defender and saved the ball to Freeman for a layup. Wright scored on a breakaway the next time down to cap a 7-0 run. Wright kept Georgetown in the game early on with 12 first-half points, including back-to-back old fashioned three-point plays right before the break. On the second, the 6-foot-1 Wright dunked on 6-foot-8 Kevin Jones, igniting the crowd. West Virginia would answer with a Wellington Smith put-back basket to take a 32-28 halftime lead. Smith had six offensive rebounds and 11 points, and the Mountaineers recorded 21 second-chance points on 20 offensive rebounds. “They’re very persistent,” Thompson said. “They have guys that go after it.” Freeman scored 14 points, finishing a quiet tournament for the Hoyas’ leading scorer. Freeman was held below his regular season Big East average of 19.5 points in all four tournament games. A 54.2 percent shooter from three-point range, Freeman went 2-of-12 from deep, and he did not hit his first triple until 6:03 remaining in the title game. Freeman had struggled in his previous two Big East tournaments, failing to crack double digits in four games as a freshman and sophomore. The Hoyas will find out where they are going for the NCAA tournament Sunday evening. Georgetown entered the day as No. 7 in the nation in the Ratings Percentage Index, a stat that takes a team’s record and strength of schedule into consideration. “I like where we are going into the NCAA tournament,” Thompson said. “We did some things tonight that we have to do better, obviously.” The Selection Show will air at 6 p.m. on CBS Sunday evening, and the Hoyas will host a viewing party at O’Donovan Hall.