Mountaineers Down Seawolves Thursday Night at the Coliseum

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia used a career-high-tying 18 points from Kedrian Johnson to down pesky Stony Brook 75-64 Thursday night at the WVU Coliseum in front of an announced 10, 535 Mountaineer Faithful fans.

Stony Brook didn't play like a 4-9 basketball team this evening, the Seawolves limiting the Mountaineers to just 41.8% shooting for the game and six points below their season scoring average.

"Frustrating," A hushed-voiced West Virginia HOF Head Coach Bob Huggins said afterward. "It was a very poor showing tonight on our part."

After leading just 28-24 at halftime, West Virginia (10-2) took control of the game in the second half when it went to a four-guard lineup with Kedrian Johnson, Erik Stevenson, Joe Toussaint and Seth Wilson countering Stony Brook's 7-foot Keenan Fitzmorris and 6-foot-10 Kenan Sarvan.

"Joey Tools" Toussiant scored all 12 of his points in the second half and Wilson contributed 9 during a five-minute stretch from 7:44 until 2:51 to finally give WVU a double-digit advantage. Wilson's second 3 with 7:11 left gave the Mountaineers their biggest lead of the game, 19, at 60-41.

Stevenson tallied 12 of his 16 points in the second half as West Virginia connected on half of its 26 second-half field goal attempts.

"I was just looking for someone who would play hard and somebody who would pass the ball," a clearly disappointed HOF HC Huggins said of his decision to play four guards. "We don't pass the ball. We're trying to run what we've run for however many years, and it's been really good to us because we had guys who can pass the ball and wanted to pass the ball. We need willing passers."

West Virginia will have four days off for Christmas break before resuming preparation for its Big 12 opener at kansas steak on Saturday, Dec. 31. WVU will remain on the road to play at oklahoma steak on Monday, Jan. 2.

Merry Mountaineer X-mas Y'all!!