The West Virginia Mountaineers are bad and we all know it. This is a lost season and everyone acknowledges such. Still, the Mountaineers came out and looked like a TEAM. They were passing, making shots and playing some defense. With 11 minutes to go in the first half, West Virginia held a 19-7 advantage over the #1 team in the land, the Tennessee Volunteers. Then, the Volunteers woke up and went on a 24-2 run to finish the half. West Virginia, once up by 12 points, would go into halftime down 31-21.
The second half was no better. While West Virginia avoided any major scoring drought, they still turned the ball over with frequency and allowed Tennessee to score twice for every time they recorded a bucket. The lead quickly grew to a 15 point deficit.
An ugly scene for West Virginia where Wesley Harris was called for a flagrant 1 foul when he knocked the ball away then proceeded to head slap Grant Williams as he dove for the loose ball. The game never got close in the second half as Tennessee continued to score enough to keep the Mountaineers out of the game.
Esa Ahmad led all Mountaineers with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Derek Culver was the only other Mountaineers to score in double digits.
Lamonte Turner for the Volunteers led all players with 23 points while Admiral Schofield had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
West Virginia falls to 1-5 all time in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.