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West Virginia Takes Care Of Business Against Kennesaw State, 87-54

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Press Virginia holds steady as the Mountaineers cruise past the Owls despite some offensive sloppiness.

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The WVU offense was sloppy at times but #PressVirginia and the Mountaineer depth were able to make up the difference.

At halftime, Coach Huggins remarked that the team didn't come ready to play and it showed in multiple sloppy turnovers. The first half was marked by turnovers by both teams; WVU had 11 and forced 19 by the Owls. Despite the offense sloppiness and KSU holding their own on the boards (WVU only led rebound battle 17-15 at the half), the Mountaineers led 41-24 at the half.

But the Mountaineer press and depth was just too much for the Owls as WVU cruised to a 87-54 victory. WVU will face the Virginia Cavaliers next at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday, December 8th.

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Notes:

  • Devin Williams set a new career high with 26 points.
  • Williams once again finished one rebound short for another double-double (as did Jonathan Holton).
  • Holton finished with 17 points and Daxter Myles, Jr. had 18 rounding out the Mountaineers in double figures.
  • Brandon Watkins played his first minutes of the season, chipping in 6 points and 6 rebounds. He had been out with a knee injury and at the beginning of the season didn't look like he'd play again until next season.
  • The teams finished with 31 and 17 turnovers
  • The Owls' Aubry Williams fouled out just under 11 minutes remaining in the game.
  • Kendrick Ray for Kennesaw State also fouled out around the 6 minute mark with 23 points and 6 rebounds (Kyle Clark also fouled out for the Owls).
  • As you can see from the headline picture, attendance was sparse.