MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– Nathan Adrian scored 13 points and No. 20 West Virginia University pummeled Mount St. Mary’s 87-59 in its season opener at the Coliseum on Friday night.
Jevon Carter tallied 10 points. The Mountaineers had 11 players get in on the scoring frenzy.
Freshman Sagaba Konate had a stellar debut. The forward had 11 points, two blocks and grabbed six boards. He seemed to mesh well with WVU’s pressure defense.
“I was really encouraged with Sags,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “I thought Sags played really well; protects the basket, he rebounds the ball, he catches the ball so I was happy with him.”
Freshman Lamont West had eight rebounds, one steal and a blocked shot.
Greg Alexander led The Mount with 15 points. Elijah Long added 14 and Miles Wilson had 11.
The Mountaineers shot 47.8 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. WVU was a disappointing 17-of-29 from the free throw line.
“Generally when you miss free throws the way we missed free throws, and you are as careless with the ball the way we were today, you’re not really ready to play,” Huggins said. “We just weren’t very good.
WVU led by as many as 21 points in the second half but Huggins was disappointed in his team’s effort.
“I was extremely disappointed in the second half with the pressure when they just kept driving down and shooting layups,” said Huggins. “That hasn’t happened in two years and now all of a sudden with this group it’s happening.”
Lamont West stole the ball and finished the play with a dunk to give WVU a 41-21 lead with 1:29 to play in the first half.
Carter’s layup with 32 seconds remaining gave the Mountaineers a 43-24 edge at the half.
WVU forced 21 turnovers and had six steals. However the Mountaineers turned the ball over 13 times.
WVU outrebounded The Mount 45-32.
Tarik Phillip started in the game in place of a sick Daxter Miles Jr.
The Mountaineers next game is Monday against Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m.
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