The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

December 20, 2012

Mountaineers hold off Oakland

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s Aaric Murray came back from a one-game suspension with a double-double Wednesday night as the Mountaineers defeated Oakland 76-71 to end a two-game losing streak.

Murray, who was left home for disciplinary reasons from the Mountaineers’ 81-66 loss to No. 2 Michigan last Saturday in Brooklyn, N.Y., came back to score 12 points, pull down 10 rebounds and block five shots.

Juwan Staten added 11 points for the Mountaineers (5-5), and Keaton Miles and Terry Henderson pitched in 10 apiece.

West Virginia’s victory ruined an outstanding night by Travis Bader, who led the nation in 3-pointers made with 42 entering the game. He finished with a game-high 25 points, including 6 of 12 from beyond the line.

Oakland (4-8) has played BCS schools Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Tennessee and West Virginia on the road this season and lost to all four.

OAKLAND (4-8)

Valentine 6-8 2-5 15, Petros 5-11 4-7 14, Bader 7-16 5-6 25,  Mondy 4-13 0-0 10, Bass 1-7 2-2 5, Williams 0-0 0-0 0,  Neely II 0-0 0-0 0, Carter 0-0 0-0 0, Baenziger 0-0 0-0 0,  Poches 0-2 2-4 2. Totals 23-57 15-24 71.

WEST VIRGINIA (5-5)

Kilicli 0-3 0-0 0, Miles 4-4 0-0 10, Staten 3-3 5-5 11,  Hinds 4-8 0-0 8, Henderson 3-5 2-4 10, Rutledge 2-4 1-2 5,  Harris 2-6 0-0 6, Browne 3-6 0-1 6, Humphrey 1-3 1-2 4,  Murray 3-6 5-7 12, Noreen 1-2 0-0 2, Gerun 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 27-51 14-21 76.

Halftime—Oakland 39-37. 3-Point Goals—Oakland 10-19 (Bader 6-12,  Mondy 2-4, Bass 1-1, Valentine 1-2), West Virginia 8-19 (Miles 2-2,  Henderson 2-3, Harris 2-6, Murray 1-2, Humphrey 1-3, Hinds 0-1, Browne  0-2). Fouled Out—Valentine. Rebounds—Oakland 34 (Mondy 9), West Virginia  32 (Murray 10). Assists—Oakland 10 (Mondy 8), West Virginia 18 (Staten  5). Total Fouls—Oakland 18, West Virginia 19. A—4,982.

 

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