The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

February 5, 2013

Mountaineers still have Madness on their minds

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia men’s basketball team apparently feels like it rekindled NCAA Tournament hopes in last Saturday’s 77-61 victory at Texas Tech.

Even Coach Bob Huggins has not given up hope with the thought. “Obviously, we’re a long way away now,” he said after that game. “But if we can get on a run here, we’ve got a chance.”

In making their record 10-11 overall and 3-5 in the Big 12, the Mountaineers uncorked by far their hottest all-around shooting performance of this season.

They shot a sizzling 65.0 percent from the field (13 of 20) in the second half and 56.5 percent (26 of 46) for the game.

In 3-point goaling, West Virginia shot 50.0 percent in the first half (6 of 12) and 55.6 percent for the game (10 of 18).

WVU also was sharp from the foul line, making 86.7 percent of its free throws in the second half (13 of 15) and 75.0 percent for the game (15 of 20).

Making all of those figures even more flattering is the fact that West Virginia was the worst shooting team in the Big 12 (39.4 percent) going into that contest.

Texas Tech (9-10, 2-6 Big 12) shot 47.6 percent for the game (20 of 42), 44.4 percent from 3-point range (4 of 9) and 81.0 percent from the foul line (17 of 21 free throws).

The Mountaineers had a 24-22 edge in rebounds and dished out 11 assists. They also had 10 steals and blocked five shots.

But both teams had difficulties holding on to the ball. WVU committed 18 turnovers, 12 in the first half, and the Red Raiders had 22 turnovers.

Huggins said he continues to be baffled by some of the things his team does at times to allow opponents to work their way back into contention when behind.

But having four scorers in double figures certainly was a major factor in this triumph. Freshman guard Eron Harris scored a game-high of 18 points. Junior center Aaric Murray had 12 points, and sophomore guards Gary Browne and Juwan Staten tallied 11 points each.

Two other Mountaineers, senior Deniz Kilicli and sophomore guard Aaron Brown, barely missed double digits by scoring nine points each.

It was West Virginia’s best scoring balance since a 94-69 win over VMI at the Coliseum on Nov. 22. That was the fifth game of the 2012-13 campaign, and seven WVU scorers finished in double figures.

Staten led the way with 18 points. The other six were Kilicli 13, Murray 13, Browne 11, Keaton Miles 11, Terry Heaton 10 and Harris 10.

NCAA Tournament hopes might become a reality if the Mountaineers continue to put together multiple double-digit scorers and win more games.

1
Text Only
College Sports
  • 041714 millard Kickoff time set for WVU-Alabama

    West Virginia football fans can now start counting down to the exact minute, instead of just the day.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Questions raised about Turnbull’s firing

    Dr. Stephen Graber, an associate professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, is among the latest WVU teachers to deplore Oliver Luck’s firing of veteran wrestling coach Craig Turnbull.

    April 17, 2014

  • 041714 wright Former Red Devil star realizing dream of playing D-I basketball

    When former Oak Hill High School standout Kalif Wright was a kid, he would play EA Sports’ NCAA March Madness video games and dream of one day getting a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mountaineers beat Buckeyes 4-1 in lefty Vance’s first career start

    In his first career start for the WVU baseball team, sophomore left-hander Ross Vance struck out 14 en route to a 4-1 victory over Ohio State on Tuesday evening at Hawley Field.

    April 15, 2014

  • Most plays good, some not so good in Gold-Blue scrimmage

    There appeared to be a fine mixture of plays, most good with some not so good, in West Virginia University’s Gold-Blue football scrimmage last Saturday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Wesleyan edges CU twice in softball

    The Concord University softball narrowly dropped a pair of games to No. 17 West Virginia Wesleyan, 2-1 and 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Culpepper Field.

    April 14, 2014

  • Concord baseball shuts out Cardinals

    The Concord University baseball team posted two shutout victories on Sunday, extending its winning streak to seven games by beating conference foe Wheeling Jesuit.

    April 14, 2014

  • dana Much still to be answered this fall

    In Saturday’s paper, I compiled a list of five things to watch at West Virginia University’s annual Gold-Blue Spring Game. Now, after watching the football scrimmage that concluded this year’s spring drills and taking some time to process what I saw, it’s time to go back and revisit those five points and how they turned out on Saturday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • D’Antoni speculation now seems to have legs

    Kareem Canty got what he wanted, and Marshall fans should find out this week if they will get what they want.

    April 13, 2014

  • millard Specials teams shine at Gold-Blue Game

    The scoreboard said the Gold (offense) beat the Blue (defense) 37-27 in Saturday’s Gold-Blue Spring Game at Milan Puskar Stadium using a modified scoring system that rewarded the defense for stops and turnovers and the offense for scores.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo