Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE
It was a game that started extremely sloppy for the Mountaineers as they quickly fell behind 11-6, but pressure defense and the transition game was too much for the Keydets. For a while, it looked like WVU would eclipse the 100 point mark, but failed to score over the last four minutes of the game.
Keaton Miles was doing his best Devin Ebanks impersonation on the defensive end, effectively shutting down VMI's best scorer, Okoye. for a large portion of the game while the Mountaineers poured on basket after basket in transition. While the defensive pressure and transition were huge positives for WVU, the half court set still appears out of sync many times.
Seven different Mountaineers scored in double figures, led by Juwan Staten's 18 points. Aaric Murray had arguably his best game as a Mountaineer with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Gary Browne also had one of his best games of late, scoring 11 points and dishing out 7 assists. As I said in the game thread, I've never seen a team miss so many baskets so close to the rim. WVU may set a record for missed layups and dunks this year.
The Mountaineers return to action at the Charleston Civic Center Arena on December 5th to take on Marshall.