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Mountaineers Handle Broncs

Graphic by Jonathan Stanley
Matchup
FG Made-Attempted 30-66 30-70
Field Goal % 45.5 42.9
3PT Made-Attempted 8-16 11-30
Three Point % 50.0 36.7
FT Made-Attempted 10-16 21-33
Free Throw % 62.5 63.6
Total Rebounds 36 46
Offensive Rebounds 12 20
Defensive Rebounds 24 26
Team Rebounds 0 0
Assists 11 21
Steals 9 9
Blocks 2 4
Total Turnovers 15 14
Personal Fouls 23 15
Technical Fouls 4 1
Flagrant Fouls 0 0

 

 

The West Virginia Mountaineers (4-2) defeated the Rider Broncs (2-2) 92-78. This was another tough test for this Mountaineers squad. The Broncs returned six of their top players from last years MAAC regular season championship team. Although they had their struggles against a high pressure defensive team, West Virginia controlled most of the game.

Rider jumped out on top early 6-0 but West Virginia responded with a 9-0 run to take a three-point lead.

“We took three bad shots and hit the front of the rim – outlet passes I call them, because it starts a fast break, and all of a sudden we’re down 6-0. We’re good when we pass the ball, and we’re good when we actually sit down and try to guard. They drove the lane any time they wanted.” Described West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins.

The Broncs put together a 13-2 run taking a 21-14 lead midway through the first half. West Virginia scored seven straight and a game tying three-pointer by Beetle Bolden capping off a 12-point first half by the junior guard.

Esa Ahmad led the charge going down the stretch of first half, scoring eight of his 12 first half points, along with Lamont West three straight threes as the Mountaineers outscored the Broncs 22-8 in the final seven minutes of the half.

Freshman point guard Jordan McCabe had eight assists on the night in 18 minutes giving a banged up Beetle Bolden some much needed rest and seemingly sparked the Mountaineers when he came in with just over seven minutes to play in the first half to help West Virginia close out the half.

“He (McCabe) played well in the first half. They have no clue how bad they hurt the team when they play out of team structure.” Explained Huggins. “They try and do things they can’t do and then they look like fools. But they can’t figure that out. So, tomorrow, we’re going to watch film. I’ll show them how bad they really look when they do those things, and how much better we look when we do the right things.”

Rider’s Jordan Allen started the second half with a three; however, a 13-0 run by the Mountaineers to start the second half broke open a back and forth game, and WVU had a 17-point advantage.

“We were playing pretty well, then we come down, throw it to them, really unforced. Then, everybody get’s to do their thing rather than do the team thing. We started out that way really.” Said Huggins.

West Virginia never relinquished their double-digit lead in the second half. Lamont West and Emmitt Mathews Jr lead the way in the final 20 minutes with 11 points. West finished the game leading all scorers with 20.

“It’s refreshing. He (Emmitt) comes in early and stays late. He’s the kind of guy that you want to coach. He listens, He never tries to make excuses.” Boasted Huggins

The Mountaineers take on Youngstown State this Saturday afternoon at 4:00 pm est inside the WVU Coliseum.

 

 

West Virginia Stats
Player PTS FG 3FG FT REB A PF
BOLDEN 12 4-7 3-5 1-2 1 2 1
HARLER 11 4-7 2-5 1-2 0 2 0
HARRIS 9 3-12 0-4 3-4 8 1 4T
AHMAD 16 6-14 1-2 3-7 7 2 3
ROUTT 7 2-3 0-0 3-4 8 1 1
KNAPPER 3 1-2 1-1 0-0 2 2 1
MCCABE 1 0-4 0-2 1-2 2 8 1
HALEY 2 1-2 0-1 0-0 1 0 0
MATTHEWS JR. 11 3-5 0-0 5-7 3 2 2
GORDON 0 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1
WEST 20 6-13 4-10 4-5 7 1 1
TOTALS 92 30-70 11-30 21-33 46 21 15
GAME PCT 42.9 36.7 63.6

 

 

Rider Stats
Player PTS FG 3FG FT REB A PF
ALLEN 11 4-11 3-6 0-0 2 1 0
DURHAM 10 3-8 2-2 2-2 3 1 5T
VAUGHN 11 4-11 1-3 2-3 8 3 1
MARSHALL 4 1-5 0-0 2-2 3 0 4T
JORDAN 13 6-8 1-2 0-0 1 3 3T
OGEMUNO-JOHNSON 2 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
EKE 2 1-1 0-0 0-2 3 0 2
SCOTT 17 7-12 1-3 2-4 6 0 1
CISSE 0 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 1
WILLIAMS 8 3-8 0-0 2-2 4 2 4
GILBERT 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1
TOTALS 78 30-66 8-16 10-16 36 11 23
GAME PCT 45.5 50.0 62.5

 

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