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West Virginia Overcomes North Texas 62-50

Trailing 29-21 at half, the Mountaineers opened with a 18-0 run and held off North Texas

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

First Half


Not a great first half for the Mountaineers. The improved shooting we’ve all heard about is still not here and the West Virginia Mountaineers find themselves down 29-21 to North Texas at half. It looks exactly like you would expect a 3 PM Friday game being played with no one in the Coliseum. West Virginia shot 25% from the floor and only 12% from behind the arc while North Texas is shooting almost 60% from the floor and 33% from deep.

The Mountaineer big men, Derek Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe are 0-9 with no points, no free throws!, but 12 boards. Sean McNeil led all Mountaineers with 7 points at the half. Javion Hamlet led North Texas with 9 points on 4-7 shooting. North Texas ended the first half on a 21-4 run!

Second Half

WVU opened with an 18-0 run to take a 39-29 lead.

The Mountaineers came out in the second half and looked like a team that got lit into at halftime. Derek Culver played like a big man should play. The Mountaineers held North Texas to 21 points in the 2nd half.

Game Notes

Despite being held scoreless in the first half, Derek Culver came out like a man possessed in the second half. Culver scored 7 points in 12 minutes of action in the second half before taking a breather. He finished with 10 points and 10 boards.

Oscar did not see gametime until 6 minutes left in the 2nd. He did not score.

The refs put the Mountaineers in the bonus early, 10 minutes into the second half.

Taz Sherman continues to be a hot hand off the bench.