A recurring theme for this season has been strong spurts, followed by lackadaisical effort and then recovering just enough to win the game. Last season we saw some similar things, strong first halves followed by a total collapse in the second half.
Against Boston, the second half would be different.
This time it would be a complete second half.
West Virginia started the game with a 20-5 run prior to the under 12 minute timeout at 11:05 in the first half. Boston come off of life support to put up a fight in the last 11 minutes, going into the half the score was 36-23.
Reminiscent of the Pitt game, when West Virginia held Pitt to just 18 second half points, the Mountaineers held Boston to just 21 second half points.
A fast 8-0 run to start the second half prompted a timeout by Terriers head coach Joe Jones. Unlike efforts stemming back to last season, the Mountaineers did not relent, finished strong and winning the game by 25, 69-44.
Also reminiscent of that night in Pittsburgh was Oscar Tshiebwe leading the way. The freshman big man was impressive scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds (three offensive). He complimented those numbers on defense by blocking two shots and coming up with three steals. Jermaine Haley added 13 points and Derek Culver added 10.
The Mountaineers now travel to Cancun to play the third round of the Cancun Challenge, suiting up against Northern Iowa at 8:30pm.