MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Nathan Adrian notched his first career double-double as No.19 West Virginia University toppled Mississippi Valley State 107-66 on Monday night at the Coliseum.
Adrian had 15 points, 14 boards, six assists and two steals for the Mountaineers. Lamont West and Teyvon Myers both scored career-bests 12 points. Esa Ahmad tallied 10 points and Jevon Carter added 10 points and eight assists.
Marcus Romain scored 13 points for the Delta Devils. Jevon Smith had 12.
MVSU (0-2) and WVU (2-0) exchanged leads four times before the Mountaineers took control.
Adrian’s ally-oop from Carter capped a 17-0 run with 15:32 to play to give the Mountaineers a 21-5 lead.
WVU had a sluggish second half after taking a commanding 64-28 lead at the half.
“I thought we came out and played with a lot of energy and played pretty well early and in the second half we decided we were done for the day,” head coach Bob Huggins said.
The Mountaineers went on several scoring droughts in the second half.
“I guess we went out there too relaxed and we didn’t play as hard as we could,” West said.
Myers got WVU to the century mark with 2:22 left in the game.
The last time the Mountaineers scored 64 points in a half was against Bowling Green in the 1997 NIT.
WVU shot 49.4 percent from the floor and made nine-of-25 from 3. The Mountaineers were 16-of-22 from the charity stripe.
MVSU shot 40.7 percent from the floor and 38.5 percent from beyond the arc.
The Mountaineers smoldering defense forced 26 turnovers, leading to 34 points. WVU had 16 steals.
But Huggins still thinks the press can be much better.
“We gave up ten layups in the second half,” he said. ” You can’t do that. We didn’t run balls down from behind. We didn’t slow the dribbler down so that we could run people down. We just haven’t been able to play two halves yet.”
The Mountaineers scored 50 points in the paint. WVU had a 49-36 advantage on the boards of the Delta Devils.
Tarik Phillip started for the second consecutive night for the sick Daxter Miles Jr.
The Mountaineers will take on New Hampshire at 1 p.m. on Sunday as the first game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. The Wildcats defeated Temple 57-52 on Monday.
Cover Photo Credit: (Photo Credit: Dale Sparks- All-Pro Photography/ wvusports.com)