MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–In Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma West Virginia found itself down by 18 points at the end of the first half but the Mountaineers gritted their teeth and battled back.
One thing about this WVU basketball team is that they never give up. In the second half the Mountaineers shot a scorching 64.3 percent from beyond the arc and 56.7 percent from the floor.
At one point, WVU had made 10-of-13 from 3-point land.
However, that was not enough to pick up the victory over the Sooners. One of those reasons was the disastrous first half.
“We’ve come to come out and play with energy and enthusiasm at the beginning and we didn’t,” head coach Bob Huggins said.
Also, Oklahoma outrebounded the Mountaineers 41-36, which led to 13 second-chance points. WVU only had two.
Turnovers were also an issue for the Mountaineers. WVU committed 14 miscues, 12 of which came in the first half. Deuce McBride has been good controlling the ball and he had three before the break. Derek Culver had six.
The game was the first without forward Oscar Tshiebwe but Jalen Bridges replaced him in the starting lineup and had a solid performance. The redshirt freshman scored 19 points in his first game as a starter.
“I thought J.B. was good,” Huggins said.
Photo Credit: Joshua Gateley-Oklahoma