It wasn’t pretty, and West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has said his team is a work in progress.
He wasn’t joking.
The Mountaineers shot 16% in the first half while trailing 26-21 at the break. WVU would shoot 26% for the game, but that was enough to win the season opener over Monmouth 64-54.
“There’s a positive,” Huggins said. “We shot 16 percent in the first half and still won. That would usually never happen. We’re going to get better. We better get better by Sunday, because they’re pretty good.
Juwan Staten led the scoring effort for the Mountaineers with 20 points, 13 of those coming in the second half. Devin Williams finished with a double-double, 15 points and 15 rebounds.
West Virginia would shoot 21% from behind the arc.
Deon Jones led the way for Monmouth with 15 points.
West Virginia now has a quick turnaround with Lafayette coming to Morgantown on Sunday.
Tip is set for 3pm and will be televised by Root Sports.
Bob Huggins Press Conference – Monmouth
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