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WVU Men’s Basketball Brushes Away New Hampshire 100-41

The Mountaineers’ first game in the NIT Season Tip-Off was a resounding success as the Wildcats were unable to deal with Press Virginia or WVU’s bigs.

NCAA Basketball: New Hampshire at West Virginia
Esa Ahmad led all Mountaineers with 14 points in their big win over New Hampshire on Sunday at the WVU Coliseum.
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West Virginia men’s basketball faced arguably its toughest opponent of the season thus far in the New Hampshire Wildcats on Sunday at the WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers ended up winning by their biggest margin of the season, 59 points, 100-41. This was WVU’s first game in the 2016 NIT Season Tip-Off.

The Wildcats (2-2) knocked off Temple 57-52 on Monday, November 14, in their first game in the NIT Seaton Tip-Off. On the afternoon, the No. 19 Mountaineers (3-0) held New Hampshire to just 30.4 field goal percentage and forced 34 turnovers.

WVU quickly exerted its dominance in the game. The Mountaineers were effective in the paint, scoring 22 points around the rim. However, it was the 20 points of turnovers that really pushed WVU to its 46-20 halftime advantage.

As if the first half wasn’t dominant enough, WVU held UNH to under 30 percent from the field and scored 27 points off turnovers.

Esa Ahmad led the Mountaineers in scoring with 14 points, followed by Lamont West with 13. Jevon Carter was the best producer on offense, tallying 12 points and 3 assists on the day. Nathan Adrian, who leads the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game, score 12. Teyvon Meyers and Tarik Phillip also reached double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.

The Wildcats leading scorer on the season, Jaleen Smith, was held to zero points, 0-3 from the field and 0-1 from three. New Hampshire did have two players reach double figures as both Daniel Dion and Iba Camara scored 10 points.

WVU’s bench outscored the Wildcats’ bench 50-10, with nine Mountaineers playing double-digit minutes.

Now, the Mountaineers travel to Brooklyn, New York to compete in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament. WVU takes on Illinois (4-0) on Thursday, November 24, at 2:30 p.m. How the Mountaineers’ Thanksgiving feast goes will determine their game time and opponent for the game on Friday, November 25.

WVU could face either Temple (2-2) or Florida State (4-0). All games will be played at the Barclay’s Center.