West Virginia had their way with Oklahoma State today in Morgantown. The Mountaineers were able to control the game from start to finsish despite shooting 39% from the field. OSU was undermanned, and it showed throughout the contest. The Cowboys were without Phil Forte (elbow), Anthony Allen (violation of team rules), Tyree Griffin (concussion), and Davon Dillard (suspended indefinitely), and looked outmatched from the outset.
WVU never trailed in the game, they were lead by Jonathan Holton who had 15(p), 9(r), and 3(a) and Jevon Carter with 16(p), 3(r), and 5(a). WVU committed only(?!) 24 fouls in the game and looked as dominant as they have looked all year against what should be quality competition. Jawun Evans led OSU with 13 points.
After Bob Huggins spoke all week about having bench players who could provide a pop, Jaysean Paige was forced into the starting lineup due to an injury to Daxter Miles. Jaysean immediately provided a pop, scoring 6 quick points to set the pace for the rest of the game. WVU got off to a 12‐4 lead and never felt in trouble for the duration.
A few quick notes:
1. Esa Ahmad looked more comfortable today than he has all season. The freshman recorded a stat line of 5(p), 5(r), and 4(a).
2. The Mountaineers were always in control of this game, despite forcing only 16 TO's. They seem to be becoming more versatile with every game.
3. A technical foul was called on the bench at the 17:45 mark in the second half. I still haven't heard what the cause was.
4.. #1 Kansas comes to the Coliseum on Tuesday... The Mountaineer faithful will learn a whole lot on Tuesday.