If you were concerned that WVU might have had some rust after a week off following a victory the Backyard Brawl, you can rest easy as the #11 Mountaineers (9-1) overpowered an outmatched Wheeling Jesuit (8-2) team 98-50 in their second exhibition of the season.
Though technically statistics from this game do not count, WVU got solid efforts from its bench and young players like Lamont West (16 points, 4 rebounds), Wes Harris (16 points, 9 rebounds) and Teddy Allen (19 points, 1 rebound) as WVU pulled away early and never looked back. All eleven WVU players who got in the game scored at least once.
For the Cardinals, who compete in the Mountain East Conference, there were some positives as Haywood Highsmith and Jeremiah Wilson each had near double-doubles with Highsmith recording a game-high 22-points.
One note of concern for WVU, who had hoped to avoid injuries, sophomore guard Beatle Bolden went down with an apparent knee injury late in the second-half and did not return. Bolden, one of WVU’s best shooters, previously missed all of the 2015-16 season with an ACL tear.
Up Next: WVU takes on Copin State on Wednesday, December 20th at 7 P.M.