West Virginia defeated Northern Kentucky 67-42 in what was possibly one of the least entertaining basketball games in history.
For starters, the two announcers for ESPN3 were horrendous, and that's putting it lightly. The play-by-play guy, on a few occasions, called the shot clock, the "timer". The color analyst took forever to conclude her thoughts and regularly mis-annunciated words. A few times she went from her analysis (if you even want to call it that) to taking over the play-by-play.
Anyways, onto the game
The Mountaineers were the highest ranked opponent Northern Kentucky has faced at home since entering Division I. The game didn't go as planned.
At the half, Northern Kentucky and West Virginia collectively shot 13 of 48 which is good for 27%. Respectively, the Mountaineers shot 7-23 (30%) and Northern Kentucky shot 6-25 (24%).
Both teams combined for 20 turnovers and 20 fouls in the first half.
In the second half, it was all Mountaineers as WVU started out on a 13-2 run. That run then extended into a 21-6 run.
It took Northern Kentucky 27:35 to put over 20 points on the board.
Juwan Staten and Devin Williams combined to lead WVU with 12 points a piece. Jonathan Holton finished the game with 10 points despite not recording a single point in the first half.
When it was all said and done, Northern Kentucky and WVU combined for 50 fouls and 32 turnovers (WVU: 12 NKU: 20) while collectively going 36-108 from the field (33%).
With the win the Mountaineers improve to 8-1 on the season.
Fortunately they did not allow the tough loss to LSU on Thursday night to continue its devastation. WVU will play it's next game in exactly a week in Charleston, West Virginia, against in-state
rival opponent, the Marshall Thundering Herd.