Allen Anchors Blowout Of Coppin State
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia was listless, stagnant and slack early against Coppin State.
Good thing the winless Eagles were worse. The two teams combined to miss 22 of the first 25 shots from the floor, WVU starting an ice cold 2-for-15 while CSU was 1-for-10. Even the likes of Jevon Carter and Dax Miles were struggling, Carter having had his own pocket picked while Miles battled to find the bottom of the net.
Enter Teddy Buckets. With the Mountaineers lethargic in every offensive facet, Teddy Allen served as a spark plug and jump started a 24-1 closing first half push by scoring 16 points over the final five minutes. It was nearly a one-man display of offense, Allen drilling shots from deep – including a three-and-foul for a four-point play – and creating space and scoring opportunities via his twisting, turning slasher style.
It was so effective, Coppin State had little idea what had hit them. The freshman canned a pair of threes and a free throw around Carter’s lay-up in a 9-0 run, then added 11 more points in the final four minutes of play. Suddenly, a game that was just a one-point margin at 18-17 with little more than five minutes left in the first half was a 42-18 rout at the break.
Allen’s 18 points at the half already bested his previous career high of 16, set against NJIT on Nov. 30, and the forward upped that mark again with a beautiful driving lay-in with 18:16 remaining that pushed West Virginia’s lead to 44-21 and signaled the end for the Eagles. It was elementary from there, the Mountaineers continually pushing around an overmatched and overwhelmed group for the 77-38 final score.
West Virginia forced Coppin State into 28 turnovers, setting a new season-high in snapping the previous mark of 27 against Morgan State and Central Florida.
The Mountaineers scored 29 points off the miscues, and also managed advantages in rebounding (56-41), made free throws (23-13), bench points (45-16), second chance points (24-2) and points in the paint (28-10). It was Coppin State’s fifth loss by at least 25 points this season. The Eagles (0-12) are 0-11 on the road this season.
Besides Allen’s 24 points, Carter tallied 14 and Beetle Bolden hit for 12 points while Miles added 11 points to become WVU’s 52nd player to tally at least 1,000 points in his career. The senior is averaging a career-best 14.5 points per game this season. No Coppin State player reached double figures. CSU was led by Tre Thomas’ nine points while Adam Traore had seven rebounds.
The win was the 829th in Bob Huggins’ career, putting him within one victory of tying longtime Mount St. Mary’s mentor Jim Phelan for seventh place on the all-time NCAA list. Huggins is the third-winningest active coach behind Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim.
West Virginia (10-1) is now 63-4 in its last 67 December home games. It finishes the primary portion of the nonconference slate – every game except the Jan. 27 Big 12/SEC Challenge home contest versus Kentucky – on Saturday against Fordham. Tip time is Noon.