Lamont West, “Teddy Buckets” Power WVU Past Albany
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Teddy Buckets lived up to his nickname.
In his collegiate debut, Teddy “Buckets” Allen scored 15 points on a myriad of moves to the basket, helping pace West Virginia to a 98-67 exhibition win over Albany on Saturday.
Allen was one of four scorers in double digits, led by Lamont West’s 26 points in just 18 minutes. West was red shot from three-point range early, knocking down a trip of treys as WVU built a quick 27-6 lead. West finished 5-for-9 from three and hit all five of his free throws before fouling out with 2:30 left.
Beetle Bolden added 16 points and Jevon Carter scored 15 from the point position for the Mountaineers, who utilized their prototypical pressure to force 24 turnovers. That led to 38 points, and the game was truly never in doubt from the get-go. West Virginia had advantages in rebounding (46 to 37), shooting percentage and free throws, and managed to share the ball well despite some sloppy play. WVU had 19 assists on 29 field goals, and led by 18 points at the break.
While West’s shooting provided the early spark, it was Allen’s unorthodox style that was most intriguing. The Arizona native’s array of head fakes, off-balance shots and unorthodox angles to the bucket was enthralling at times, though the pure scorer did lose his man defensively a times. Allen’s play resembles that of a raw Da’Sean Butler, who had the same style around the rim when he was first recruited by former WVU coach John Beilein.
“I was slower when I was a kid, so I think that affected my game,” Allen said. “I have always just used fakes around the rim. I always played organized basketball, so it isn’t (a playground style). They say my game resembles Da’Sean, and he’s always in the gym. He’s a good mentor for me.”
West Virginia did begin to settle for subpar looks in stretches, choosing to shoot the easy three-point as opposed to work for better looks closer to the bucket. That was a learning point quickly jumped upon by head coach Bob Huggins.
“I think everybody is still trying to figure it out,” Huggins said. “We shot way too many threes. We shot 35 threes. More than half of our shots were threes. That’s not a formula for success. But when you throw it in to your post guys and they fumble it around and don’t score it, then you have to shoot. And we didn’t score a point in transition. We did off steals, but not in transition.”
Albany’s Travis Charles and Joe Cremo scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, though the backcourt struggled with the pressure. Devonte Campbell tallied nine turnovers for the Great Danes, who were a last-second addition to the WVU schedule when the NCAA allowed a waiver for charity games that raised funds for hurricane relief. The 5,174 in attendance raised $27,139.56 for the American Red Cross.