WASHINGTON, D.C.–West Virginia bounced back from Wednesday’s disappointing loss to Gonzaga with an 80-71 win Georgetown on Sunday afternoon.
Several times through the first four games of the season, the Mountaineers found big men Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver on the bench with foul trouble and it hurt them. On Sunday, it was just the opposite.
WVU used its depth to down the Hoyas in a battle of former Big East foes. Culver and Tshiebwe played a total of 13 minutes in the first half but returned in the second half for more time.
While McBride finished the game with 17 points, the Mountaineers got some help from players who had been silent much of the season. Emmitt Matthews Jr. played over 34 minutes and had his best game of the year. He scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting while grabbing four boards and dishing out two assists.
Jordan McCabe also had underachieved to this point in the season, appeared to play much better on Sunday. He scored five points and grabbed four rebounds but it was his hustle that stood out.
Isaiah Cottrell played over eight minutes and had four rebounds. With the more minutes the freshman sees, the better he gets.
WVU forced 15 turnovers , which they scored 21 points off of. At times this season, the Mountaineers have turned the ball over too many times. However, they had just five miscues against Georgetown.
WVU knows all too well that it is hard to go into a Big East venue and win. Despite falling behind at times and Culver and Tshiebwe’s foul trouble, the Mountaineers managed to pick up a good road win.
“If you go back a few years to when we were in the Big East, any road win was a good win,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “So to come into a Big East school and win on the road, the last time we came in here it seemed like we got beat by 100. So it’s a good feeling being able to get a Big East win and to go get out of here.”
Taz Sherman continued to be a consistent force in the win. He tallied 12 points.
WVU will need this kind of contribution from different players when others struggle throughout the season if they want to make a run.
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