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Back on Track: Mountaineers pull away from American, 98-64

The Mountaineers overcame early struggles to put the Eagles away.

NCAA Basketball: American U. at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

After a sluggish start that saw the #24 Mountaineers (1-1) trailing at the first media break, WVU broke open the game with a 24-4 run to start the second half to the defeat American Eagles (0-2) 98-64, bouncing back from a disappointing performance in their season opener.

The Mountaineers were buoyed by strong bench play, outscoring the Eagles 15 to 36, with James Bolden providing an offensive spark with 16 points including 3-5 from beyond the arc, while freshman Teddy Allen contributed 14 points. They joined starers Lamont West (12), Dax Miles (20) and Jevon Carter (20) in double-figures. Carter also finished his day with 9-steals, 7-assists and 2-blocks.

Despite mostly abandoning the vaunted Press Virginia style for most of the game, WVU forced 22 turnovers while only committing 7, cashing them in for 28-points.

With the win improved to 100-9 all-time in home openers. It was the sixth all-time meeting between the two schools; WVU now holds a 5-1 advantage in the series, which dates back to 1975.

Up Next: American will travel to Wagner; WVU hosts Morgan State.

Notables:

  • Sagabe Konate was a healthy scratch for WVU.
  • American’s Cheikh Dialo (no relation) was ejected for a flagrant-2 foul with under a minute in the first-half.
  • Despite being without arguably their best post-player in Konante, the Mountaineers outscored American 24 to 42 in the paint.