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WVU Advances to Championship Behind Culver

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (November 27, 2020) — On Thanksgiving afternoon, the Mountaineers took care of business against the VCU Rams led behind Derek Culver.

WVU coach Bob Huggins thought his team had some improvements from the first game, but things to work on.

“I thought we did a better job offensively, although we turned it over 21 times compared to three last night,” Huggins said. “We can’t turn it over 21 times and continue to win. We’ve got to take better care of the ball.”

West Virginia’s front court of Oscar Tshiebwe and Culver both had double-doubles. The duo had AS MANY rebounds as the ENTIRE VCU team.

Tshiebwe had 11 points and 16 rebounds, while Culver had 23 points and 15 rebounds.

West Virginia out-rebounded Virginia Commonwealth 45 to 31.

The Mountaineers shot the ball way much better on Thursday afternoon. WVU shot 41 percent from the field, and shot 37 percent from downtown.

Sean McNeil was the only Mountaineer who hit more than one-three. The junior finished 4-of-9 from three.

Taz Sherman and Deuce McBride each had a three of their own.

The big spark that gave the Mountaineers an edge to extend their lead against the Rams was when McNeil and Sherman hit back-to-back threes in the second half. If they can keep up the great shooting, West Virginia will be one of the toughest teams in the country to beat.

The game itself was a lot like the first round of the tournament against SDST. WVU led most of the game but kept it close. It was a much comfortable win against VCU, not having to worry about a close game within one-minute left.

WVU was up 16 points with two minutes left.

Coach Huggins wasn’t too happy about the 21 turnovers, but if you turn the ball over that many times and win by double-digits, it’ll take a lot for teams to beat West Virginia.

The Mountaineers will take on Western Kentucky today at 1:30 for the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic Championship. Coverage will be on ESPN.

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