MORGANTOWN W.VA- The Mountaineers took care of the Austin Peay Governors comfortably Thursday night by the score of 84-53, behind a 16 point, 10 rebound performance from Emmitt Matthews Jr.
The Mountaineers broke the game open late in the first half, after shooting 51% from the field while holding the Governers to just 25% during the same stretch.
Emmitt Matthews had the hot stroke in the first half, with 11 points and 5 rebounds on 5-6 shooting early on, en route to his first double-double of the young season.
“I think we played hard for the whole game,” said Matthews. “Obviously in the second half we did have some slip-ups but we’re going to have those. We weren’t trying to slow down the pace just because we were up, we wanted to keep running up the score and keep playing at our pace.”
Matthews wasn’t the only one recording a double-double Thursday night as Oscar Tshiebwe was able to rally from just two first-half points to a 14 point, 10 rebound performance, notching his fourth double-double on the season, behind a dominant second half.
Sean McNeil continued his strong relief off the bench for Bob Huggins with 9 points and continued to prove his reliability for the Mountaineers as we get closer to conference play.
Despite hitting their groove towards the end of the first half, the ball security by the Mountaineers was somewhat sloppy during the first few minutes of play resulting in turnovers and is what head coach Bob Huggins says will be an emphasis moving forward.
“Our ball security isn’t what it needs to be,” said Huggins. “Until we get better at that, we’re going to struggle like we struggled early in the game. We turned it over early in the game and we struggled. When we don’t turn it over and get it out in transition then we’re a different team.”
With the win, the Mountaineers move to 8-1 and will face the Nicholls St. Colonels Saturday afternoon.
The game will tip-off at 2:00 and will be broadcasted on ATt&T Sportsnet.