WHEELING, W.Va.–James “Beetle” Bolden scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting as the Gold team defeated the Blue team 55-45 in the annual West Virginia University Gold-Blue Debut at the Wesbanco Arena on Thursday evening.
Nathan Adrian led the Blue team with 19 points and Jevon Carter added 12.
The evening got underway with a speech by Mountaineers’ head coach Bob Huggins and concluded with the 30-minute scrimmage.
WVU’s newcomers showed they were ready for the big time show.
Freshman Sagaba Konate had eight points and two rebounds and a block. Local standout Chase Harler, Wheeling Central alum, tallied seven points in front of family and friends. Redshirt freshman Lamont West had six.
“Sags learns every day,” Huggins said. “He just gets better and better every day.”
But it was the senior Adrian who shined.
“I think he’s playing pretty well in the post,” Huggins said of Adrian. “I think he’s making shots. He’s really shooting the ball well. He’s way more confident and making shots — which helps all of us.”
The Gold team shot 57.1 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond-the arc. The Blue squad shot 39.5 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent from 3-point range.
Turnovers plagued the Mountaineers at time last season and that was an area of concern on Thursday. Both teams combined for 20 turnovers.
“Yeah, we’re working on it,” Huggins said. “Some of [the turnovers] are unavoidable, but we have to do a better job with the ones that are avoidable. Traveling in the corner when you’re by yourself … those kind of things. We’re going to make some because we play fast, but you can’t make that many.”
After the scrimmage, coaches and players signed autographs for the 4,207 fans in attendance.
WVU will face its first opponent on Saturday, October 29 when the Mountaineers travel to Beckley to take on West Virginia Tech.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS