MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–After a two-week hiatus, the West Virginia University basketball team returned to action on Saturday against Kansas State and picked up a commanding 69-47 victory.
“I thought it was the biggest win of the year because we were coming off a loss in a game we could have, should have won,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “And then we get hit with the COVID-19. We really hadn’t had a time where — we were down to basically four guys, not all because of COVID but because of contact tracing.”
While the Mountaineers looked rusty at times, there were a lot of positives in the victory.
WVU jumped out to an early 21-4 lead, mostly due to the turnover plague that affected the Wildcats. During that run, Bruce Weber’s team turned the ball over nine times. By the end of the game, K-State had committed 28 turnovers.
The Mountaineers’ defense caused lots of problems for the Wildcats.
“Obviously I thought we were a little rusty on offense,” sophomore guard Deuce McBride said. “But on defense, I thought we stepped up big. We knew we were going to struggle to make shots at times and a lot of guys had to get back into it. But defensively, we probably played some of the best defense all year.”
Redshirt freshman Jalen Bridges had one of his best games of the season, scoring 12 points.
WVU had two other players in double figures. McBride led the team with 18. He knocked down four-of-seven shots from beyond the arc. Taz Sherman finished with 10 points.
The Mountaineers also had a good day from the free throw line, making 17-of-22 shots.
Photo Credit: Scott Weaver-KSU Athletics