MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia University men’s basketball team goes after a second victory tonight against Slippery Rock at the Coliseum.

Tip-off time for the first-ever meeting between the two colleges is set for 7 p.m.

Coach John Beilein said Monday he had seen tapes of the 50-42 season-opening win over Mount St. Mary’s and didn’t think his young team performed as poorly as it looked.

“Hopefully, we will see a spike in our ability to play in the weeks to come,” he added. “There should be some improvement over the next couple weeks.

“I realized after last Friday’s game that some of our kids didn’t have any idea what a TV time-out is. We had a lot of film study the other day and I hope they’ll get better from that.”

Beilein expects to stick with the starting lineup of 6-foot-5 senior Frank Young, 6-8 sophomore Joe Alexander, 7-0 senior Rob Summers, 6-6 sophomore Alex Ruoff and 6-2 junior Darris Nichols.

While Young surprisingly went scoreless in the opener, Beilein noted that his game-high nine rebounds were a career-best.

“(Shooting) is a very mental thing,” he said. “You’ve got to be very patient and just keep shootin’ and shootin’.

“Frank needs to make a couple to feel better about his next chance. Look at the positives of what you’re doing and. Just do your best, and the shots will drop for you.”

Slippery Rock is coming off a 72-51 exhibition loss to Cleveland State. “They played a pretty good game,“ Beilein said.

“They’re quick. They’re athletic. They have everybody back from a bad last season. They’re trying to make improvement like we are.

“Both teams will learn a lot from this game.”

Slippery Rock won just two of 27 games in 2005-06. Jamal Palmer is in his first season as its head coach.

Jamar Scales, 6-3 junior guard, was last year’s leading scorer with 12.3 points per game.

Beilein indicated that WVU may be in a situation where it can use the younger players more together in this game.

The Mountaineers also have a Saturday afternoon game at home against Canisius, where Beilein once coached.

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