Video: Huggins Liked WVU’s Effort In Win Over Sooners
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– It’s been a very frustrating season for West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins.
Having won at least 25 games in each of the previous four seasons, the Mountaineers are struggling to stay above the .500 mark this year. Inconsistency and injury have been the two biggest issues for WVU in 2018-19. West Virginia brought a 9-12 overall record and a 1-7 Big 12 mark into Saturday’s showdown against Oklahoma at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers still are plagued by medical issues. Sagaba Konate’s knee injury kept him off the court for the 13th straight game, and Saturday he was joined on the bench by junior guard Beetle Bolden, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the loss last week at Tennessee and now has his foot in a cast.
Despite missing two key players, Huggins got an effort from the others that he frankly says hasn’t always been present. It was that effort, Huggins said, that propelled his Mountaineers to a 79-71 win over the Sooners.
Redshirt freshman guard Brandon Knapper scored a career-high 25 points, while Esa Ahmad (12 points and 13 rebounds) and Derek Culver (13 points and 14 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles to help lift WVU to its second conference win of the season, which also snapped a three-game losing streak. Wesley Harris scored 13 points, and it was largely his defensive performance that limited Oklahoma’s Christian James, who entered as the fourth leading scorer in the Big 12 with an average of 16.3 points per game, to just 10 points on a 1-of-10 field goal shooting afternoon.
After the victory, Huggins credited his team’s effort.