MORGANTOWN W.Va- Despite a back and forth first half, the Mountaineers pulled away late from Youngstown State Saturday afternoon by the score of 75-64.
The Mountaineers struggled from the free-throw line, shooting just 50%, and were also outrebounded by the Penguins, which led to a tight contest early on.
Derek Culver, a Youngstown native, had a homecoming to remember, leading the Mountaineers with 7 rebounds, while also scoring 15 points in the victory.
Culver, whose play was highlighted by Bob Huggins last weekend, continued as a dominant force in the paint against the Penguins. With Culver’s performance, he upped his season averages to 11 PPG and 9.6 RPG.
The Mountaineers were once again lifted by an impressive performance by Oscar Tshiebwe, as the freshman had 19 points and 7 rebounds, continuing to be a strong 1-2 punch along with Culver inside.
The Mountaineers got solid contributions from Haley, McBride and Sherman as well, who all had double-digit scoring performances on the afternoon.
Darius Quisneberry led Youngstown St. in the loss, with 22 points and 4 rebounds for the Penguins.
With the victory, the Mountaineers improve to 10-1 and will take on the #5 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes next Sunday.
The game will tip-off at 12:00, and will be televised on FS1.