Huggins Pleased With Win, Not Overall Performance
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia head basketball coach Bob Huggins was pleased his team improved to 3-0 on the young season, as his squad held on to defeat Northern Colorado, 69-61, Monday at the WVU Coliseum.
But he certainly wasn’t pleased with all aspect of the Mountaineers’ game.
It started with the benching of sophomore forward Derek Culver for the entire first half and continued to the later portions of the contest when UNC completely whipped out a 14-point WVU lead.
West Virginia did respond to score the victory, but the veteran coach wasn’t thrilled that his club failed to put the visiting Bears away when it had the big lead.
“I think the whole thing started in the first half when we got up, and then we got a little giddy with it and threw is around a little bit,” said Huggins “We quit guarding the way we were guarding. We guarded pretty well for a while. When the score was tied, we guarded better again. We didn’t give up straight-line drives. We did a better job of stopping penetration and made them shoot the ball over top of us.”
The Mountaineers did what they needed to do to secure the victory, but Huggins still was not pleased with the performance.
West Virginia will be back on the court Friday when it hosts Boston University in a 7 p.m. tip.