Veterans Benched, But WVU’s Struggles Continue
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The two biggest cheers during Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Oklahoma State came for a halftime jump rope performance and the introduction of new WVU head coach Neal Brown.
The home team that played on the same court that afternoon never draw nearly the same applause, which will tell you all you need to know about the outcome. West Virginia fell to the Cowboys 85-77.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Mountaineers, who are now 8-8 overall and 0-4 in the Big 12. OSU is also 8-8, while holding a 2-2 league mark.
Veterans Esa Ahmad and Wes Harris didn’t see any action despite being No. 1 and No. 2 in minutes played prior to today. Both reportedly were healthy, but WVU head coach Bob Huggins simply chose not to play either.
Mountaineer freshman Trey Doomes, who had not seen any action prior to this game as the plan had been to redshirt him, had that redshirt pulled. The 6-foot-3, 175-guard saw nine minutes of action but did not score.
Fellow freshman Derek Culver, playing in just his sixth college game, recorded his third career double-double. The young center had 15 points and 15 rebounds. Beetle Bolden led WVU in scoring with a career-high 31 points.
West Virginia will try to snap its losing streak on Tuesday, as it visits TCU (12-2/1-1). The game is slated to start at 7 p.m. (Eastern) and will be televised by ESPNU.