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West Virginia Outlasts Old Big East Foe Georgetown, 80-71

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (December 6, 2020) — The West Virginia Mountaineers defeated the Georgetown Hoyas 80-71 in the annual Big East-Big 12 Battle in Washington, D.C.

This marks the first time that West Virginia (4-1) and Georgetown (1-2) have played in the regular season since the old Big East.

WVU coach Bob Huggins liked the improvement on ball screens, but was disappointed in the rebounding effort on Sunday.

“I thought we did a better job of handling ball screens, but then we got a little lazy and didn’t do as good a job,” Huggins said. “We didn’t really rebound the ball well.”

“We need to rebound,” Huggins emphasized.

The Mountaineers struggled throughout the first half with foul trouble from Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver. Georgetown played very well in the first half.

The offense ran through Deuce McBride once those two were out.

McBride led away with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting. The Cincinnati native also had seven rebounds and seven assists.

Culver scored 11 points in the second half once he slowed down his fouls. The junior forward had all nine of his rebounds in the second half, as well.

Taz Sherman shot very well on Sunday night, shooting 4-of-9 from the field and had a three in his only attempt.

Emmitt Matthews gave West Virginia a spark in the second half that was needed to get some breathing room. Matthews hit a three and had a spectacular poster mid-way through the second half.

The junior finished with 13 points. From there, the Mountaineers went on a 18-8 run in the final six minutes of game time.

The Mountaineers handled the rock great tonight only turning over the ball five times. WVU also scored 21 points off of Georgetown turnovers.

This marks the fifth straight game West Virginia has not played in Morgantown. Coach Huggins reflects on his time with his players on this road trip.

“Well they’re great guys. You know, they do what you ask them to do and they’re really good people,” Huggins said.

“If we would go back a few years when we were in the Big East, any road win in the Big East was a great win. So, to come in to a Big East school and win on the road… it’s a good feeling,” Huggins added.

The West Virginia Mountaineers will finally be able to host a game in the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday when they host Robert Morris. Coverage will be on ESPN+, and will start at 7 p.m.

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