MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Nathan Adrian
scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead 19th
-ranked West Virginia to a 107-66 victory over Mississippi Valley State tonight at the WVU Coliseum.
The Delta Devils led briefly, 3-2, on an Isaac Williams 3, but the Mountaineers had this one in hand by the 15-minute mark of the first half, leading 21-7.
“I thought we came out and played with a lot of energy and played pretty well early and in the second half we decided we were done for the day,” said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins.
At halftime, the margin swelled to 64-28 and for a while it looked like West Virginia might challenge the Coliseum record for points scored, that coming against Alaska-Fairbanks on November 25, 1994 when the Mountaineers put 132 on the Nanocks, but WVU hit a lull at the six-minute mark and remained stuck on 96 points for more than three minutes.
“I understand it’s hard to play when you’re up by 40 at halftime or whatever it was, but all we talked about at halftime was get better,” said Huggins. “And we talked about was where they were entering the ball, how they were entering the ball, how we can do a better job, can we work on this in the second half? But we didn’t.”
eventually scored the team’s 100th
point with 2:22 left.
Huggins once again substituted liberally, particularly in the second half and usually following mistakes, with all 13 players dressed getting significant minutes.
In last Friday’s blowout win against Mount St. Mary’s, 11 different players got into the scoring column. Tonight it was 12, with WVU also getting double-digit efforts from Myers and Lamont West
(12 each) and 10 from Esa Ahmad
and Jevon Carter
“I know I’m playing a lot of people and I’m playing a lot of combinations and our deal was we are going to play more people than anybody else and be fresher than everybody else and we gave up nine layups and a tip-in in the second half,” noted Huggins. ‘That’s uncalled for and it didn’t happen in the first half when we were chasing them down.”
Mississippi Valley State committed 26 turnovers which translated into 34 points for the Mountaineers.
An announced crowd of 7,807 attended tonight’s game.
“To this point here we just don’t have that killer (instinct),” said Huggins.
West Virginia (2-0) returns to the Coliseum to face New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the opening game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Games will continue during Thanksgiving break in Brooklyn, New York, against Illinois on Thanksgiving day and against either Temple or Florida State on Friday afternoon.