Morgantown, WV – (November 9th, 2014)
By Dave Ackermann – Senior Writer (Feature Photo by Dave Ackermann – BlueGoldSports)
WVU Starters for this pre-season exhibition game against Shepherd University included Gary Browne, Daxter Miles, Nathan Adrian, Jonathan Holton and Devin Williams.
Jonathan Holton scored the first WVU basket on a dunk from a feed from Nate Adrian. Shepherd followed that with a 3 pointer by Davis. Shepherd’s Davis then nailed another trey to take a 6-2 lead. Shepherd Morgan McDonald picked-up his second foul at about the 17:30 mark and Gary Browne sunk a trey off the inbounds to make it 6-5 Shepherd.
That was followed by a Daxter Miles Three to give WVU its first lead at 8-6 at about the 17 minute mark. Devin Williams working hard on the offensive boards and on his third put back attempt was fouled and went to the line for two shots, missing both shots. Juwan Staten entered the game at about the 16:12 mark and we had our first break at the 15:42 mark after a 6th foul was called on the Rams.
On the inbounds Shepherd’s Cunningham the ball and scored on a runaway lay-up to tie the game at 8-8. JeSean Paige but the Rams converted another layup and were fouled in the process and the foul shot was good for a Ram lead of 11-10. That was followed by a WVU steal after a travel call on the Mountaineers and Brandon Watkins hit a nice baby hook in the lane. The Rams got a layup to take a 13-12 lead but then JaSean Paige hit a three and WVU was back on top 15-13. Macon then converted a layup to make it 17-13 and Wanny Staten was fouled and made one of two to make it 18-13.
McTavish hit a wide open three for the Rams to make it 18-16. WVU could not get several layup attempts by Devin Williams and the ball was awarded to the Rams as it went out of bounds on the last attempt. That brought the second break at 11:41 with the Mountaineers up 18-16. Davis then hit his third trey to make it 19-18 followed by a Staten lay-up to make it WVU 20-19.
Staten picked-up his first foul at 9:54 giving Shepherd two shots, missing both shots and Adrian cleared the rebound. Gary Browne was fouled on a three point attempt and missed the first while making the middle try only for a WVU 21-19 lead as the Rams cleared the rebound. Jaysean Paige stole the ball and stuffed an easy layup and McTavish answered on the other end for the Rams. Then JaSean Paige stole another and made an uncontested layup, but again the Rams answered on defensive breakdown with another layup which caused Huggins to call a 30 second timeout at 7:51 with WVU leading 25-23.
Juwan Staten drove the lane for a layup and was fouled and would go to the line for a bonus after the break at 7:31 with WVU up 27-23. Wanny converted and that was followed by a Tarik Phillip layup to make the score 30-23. Staten went to the basket on the break after a block and missed the first of two shots, making the second. For a 31-23 Mountaineer lead at 5:40. Holton worked a steal but his shot attempt was blocked out of bounds. Nathan Adrian made a reverse layup on the inbounds to take the WVU lead to ten at 33-23.
Devin Williams worked a steal but Staten was called for charging on the layup. Watkins fouled on the other end putting MacTavish on the line for 1-1 and he missed the front end. That brought on the last break at 3:58 with the Rams to inbound after the break under their own basket. WVU is 33-23 at this point.
A driving layup by Phillip in the line made it 35-25 but that was answered by the Ram’s McTavish on the other end to make the score 35-25. Daxter Miles got a nice long pass for an easy layup to make it 37-25 and then McTavish fouled Carter who went to the line for two shots and missed the first but made the second for a 38-25 lead. The Rams answered making it 38-27 and made another layup by McDonald to cut the WVU lead o 38-29. McTavish fouled Tarik Phillip and he missed the first and Nathan Adrian tipped in the second miss to make it 40-29 Mountaineers at the half.
Jaysean Paige led the WVU Scoring with 9 points on 4-6 shooting, followed by Juwan Staten with 7 points hitting 2-3 from the field and 3-5 from the free throw line. The Mountaineers out-rebounded the Rams 29-17 and used 13 players in the first half. The Rams were lead in scoring by Steffen Davis who scored 9 hitting 3-7 from three point land. Gavin McTavish chipped in 5 while Ryan McTavish and Morgan McDonald tallied 4 points each. The Rams deployed 9 players in the first half. Turnovers were about even as WVU gave it up 12 times and the Rams lost it 14 times. WVU lead in steals 11-5. WVU shot 43.2% from the field (16-37) but only 31.3% from the foul line (5-16). The Rams shot 40.0% and were 1-4 from the foul line for 25%.stripe
The Mountaineers got possession to start the 2nd half. Nathan Adrian nailed a three and that was followed by a Davis jumper for the Rams. Devin Williams got a tough rebound and put it back in at 17:54 in the 2nd half and the Mountaineers led 49-34. McTavish answered on the other end and it was 49-36. A layup by Daxter Miles and it was 51-36. Williams canned two free throws to make it 53-36 as the teams went to break at 16:32 on a Shepherd timeout.
Ryan McTavish went to the line for the Rams making one of two. Elijah Macon tipped in his own put back and Gary Browne score an easy layup off a steal. Gavin McTavish answered with a layup for the Rams making the score 57-40. At 15:06 we had our first official’s timeout after a WVU gained possession in the Shepherd end with the score unchanged.
Staten was fouled and went to the line for two, making both to put the score at WVU 59-Shepherd 40. The Rams were called for a travel and Devin Williams got the layup off a nice pass from Billy D Williams. The Ram’s Davis scored two on the other end making the score 63-42.
Tarik Phillip got a nice dunk but was called for hanging on the rim leading to two made foul shots by the Rams. Jevon Carter would get a layup that made the score 69-44 with 11:10 to go. Jaysean Paige would get the next dunk and WVU led 71-44. Paige got a layup on a long fastbreak pass followed by a block by Holton who then hit a three pointer and Nathan Adrian then got in the act with a layup making it WVU 78-44 at the 9:35 mark.
Mohammed got a jumper in the lane for the Rams. Then Tarik Phillip drove the base line for two. Jevon Carter then nailed a trey from the right corner, making it 83-46. Devin Williams made the layup and gets a bonus on the Ram foul with a timeout on the court with 7:40 left.
Holton gets a beautiful feed for a dunk from Carter to the delight of the crowd makes it 88-48 with 6:35 left. Williams goes to the line for 1-1 and sinks the front end and the second for a 90-48 lead. Gary Browne gets his first foul and sends Ryan McTavish to the line and he makes both to put the Rams at 50.
Tarik Phillip drives the length of the court for a nice layup in traffic. Then McDonald fouls Macon and he gets 2 shots, misses the first and makes the second. Jevon Carter goes to the line for 1-1 and converts both to make it WVU 95 Shepherd 50. Mohamed gets the personal foul followed by a technical foul and fouls out. Carter shoots both of the technical fouls, making both, and now Macon shoots two on the personal foul and makes both making it 99-50 WVU.
The Students want 100 as they chant one more point. Macon gets a put back and we are at 101-50. We are at the 3:29 mark with the Rams going to the line after the break.
Subs are in now and Romeo gets a quick foul in the front court. Macon gets a foul and sends the Rams to the line for 1-1 on the 7th team foul this half. He makes both. Rams get to shoot two more at the 2:43 mark and convert one. Tyrone Hughes nails a three for WVU from the right corner. Macon puts back his own miss and the Rams get a layup on the other end. Its now WVU 106 Shepherd 56. Reed gets a basket for the Rams with 1:10 remaining. James Long hits a three for WVU from the right corner this times but gets a personal on the other end. The Rams miss the frnt end, but get a masket at the horn and the final is WVU 109 Shepherd 60.
# 00, JR Jaysean Paige (Roster photo courtesy of WVUsports.com)
Junior Jaysean Paige was your leading scorer with 13 points on 6-9 shooting and 1-2 from the free throw line. Jaysean also had 6 steals and led the team in that category. Three other Players tallied 11 points including Devin Williams, Juwan Staten and Elijah Macon. Jevon Carter and Tarik Phillip also scored double figures with 10 each. All in all the exhibition game saw 16 WVU players make appearances and 13 score. WVU shot 50.6% for the game. Nathan Adrian and Daxter Miles Jr. scored 9 points each. The Mountaineers out-rebounded the Rams 53 to 29. WVU held Shepherd to just 37.9% shooting during the game.
WVU will kick the season off on Friday, November 14th against Monmouth with the tip scheduled for 7:00 PM EST.