Monday, September 25, 2017

No. 12 WVU overpowers UMKC for Huggins 800th win

Mountaineers celebrate coach Bob Huggins 800th career win after the game.

Mountaineers celebrate coach Bob Huggins 800th career win after the game. (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–It was history in the making at the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon as West Virginia University head coach Bob Huggins reached the 800 win plateau as the 12th-ranked Mountaineers defeated UMKC 112-67.

Huggins is just the 10th Division I coach to accomplish such a feat. The only other active Division I coaches to accomplish this task are Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim.

Nathan Adrian led WVU (9-1) with 13 points. Daxter Miles Jr., Esa Ahmad and Brandon Watkins all chipped in 12. Teyvon Myers, Jevon Carter and Lamont West added 10 points.

The Mountaineers and the Kangaroos (7-6) were deadlocked at eight early on before WVU went on a 24-0 run to take a commanding 32-8 lead when Carter hit a 3-pointer with 10:18 to play in the first half.

The Mountaineers led by 32 at the half.

Mountaineers Daxter Miles Jr. (from left) Esa Ahmad and Nathan Adrian apply pressure to create a turnover.  (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Mountaineers Daxter Miles Jr. (from left) Esa Ahmad and Nathan Adrian apply pressure to create a turnover.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Despite dominating UMKC, WVU showed grit throughout the entire 40 minutes.

Freshman guard Beetle Bolden raced for a loose ball and dove for it. He then found Chase Harler who grabbed the ball and headed from the rim for a breakaway dunk, causing the Coliseum to erupt in a roar.
“It was pretty cool,” Harler said. “I’m just waiting for my time and I got in during a game. I am just trying to make the most of it.”

The Mountaineers played 15 different players, 14 of whom scored. WVU’s bench scored 57 points.

The Mountaineers forced 27 turnovers and had 16 steals.

WVU shot 53 percent from the field and made 11-of-32 from 3-point range. The Mountaineers shot 70 percent from the free throw line.

The Kangaroos shot 46 percent from the field and 32 percent from beyond the arc.

LaVell Boyd scored 14 points for UMKC. Isaiah Ross and Xavier Bishop both had 12.

WVU had a 54-20 advantage in the paint.

Boeheim along with former Mountaineer and Golden State Warriors executive board member Jerry West, Kentucky coach John Calipari, Louisville coach Rick Pitino and countless former Cincinnati and WVU players were among those to send their congratulations in a postgame ceremony.

The Mountaineers next game is against Radford on Tuesday, December 20 at 7 p.m.

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