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West Virginia takes home Cancun Challenge championship with win over Wichita State

Tshiebwe, McBride shine in important early season test

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Bouncing back following a lackluster performance against Northern Iowa, Oscar Tshiebwe showed his quality against Witchita State with 19-points and 18-rebounds as the Mountaineers (6-0) knocked off the previously undefeated Shockers to win the Cancun Challenge, 75-63.

After a tight first half, the Mountaineers opened the second half with a dominate defensive performance, as WSU went over three-minutes without a field goal, and went on a 10-1 run to go ahead 48-36. The run was fueled by freshman point guard Miles McBride, who continued his standout performance in Cancun. McBride finished with 7 points and 4 assists in just under 18-minutes of action.

Emmet Matthews added 13-points, going 3-5 behind the arc along with as strong performance from Derek Culver who finished with 15 rebounds and 7 points.

West Virginia’s defense held the Shockers to a season low 31% from the field, while out-muscling them on the glass 48-31, 17 of those on the offensive glass.

Up Next:

  • Wichita State is off until Dec. 5 when Central Arkansas visits.
  • West Virginia goes home to meet Rhode Island on Sunday.