West Virginia Mountaineers – Northern Colorado Highlights
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Highlights from West Virginia’s 69-61 win over Northern Colorado on Monday at the WVU Coliseum. Senior Jermaine Haley had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help the Mountaineers (3-0) weather a determined effort from the visiting Bears.
Head Coach Bob Huggins Postgame Quotes
On sophomore forward Derek Culver playing in the second half
Obviously, he played pretty well in the second half. I thought he was pretty strong with the ball. He played well. I decided
not to play him (in the first half). We’re going to do it right. We’re going to do it right, and we’re all going to be on the same
On putting Northern Colorado away in the final six minutes
I think the whole thing started in the first half where we got up, and then, we got a little giddy with it and threw it around a
little bit. We didn’t guard. 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 straight-line drives. We did a better job of stopping penetration and made
them shoot the ball over top of us. I think they kicked one or two off of their feet, but we had pretty good pressure on the
ball. It’s a matter of us doing what we practice doing every day. I keep telling them that the advantage we have is we can
bring people off the bench that are as good as the people that we start out there. You don’t have to worry about getting
tired, because we have people to bring in for you. Then, we brought some people in that weren’t really ready it didn’t seem
like. Then, they did some things, and (freshman forward) Oscar (Tshiebwe) looked like a freshman again. He went too fast.
As much as you say ‘slow down, slow down, slow down,’ he didn’t slow down. (Senior forward) Logan (Routt) wasn’t as
good as he’s been, and quite frankly, I’m struggling to figure out how we’re supposed to play in the post. It doesn’t seem to
be the same all the time.
On getting senior guard Jermaine Haley to be more productive on offense
I don’t know. We have a lot of guys that can make shots if they would just step into shots. We get kind of lazy in our
preparation, and then, we just hold the ball too much. I’ve tried and tried to explain it, if one guy has the ball for an
extended period of time, all five defenders, their going to be staring at them. You’ve got 10 eyes on you, it’s hard to trick 10
eyes. You might be able to do five or six (eyes) but no, probably not 10. That’s how some of those people play, that’s
On the benefit of playing mid-season tournaments
There isn’t an RPI anymore, but it’s kind of, sort of (beneficial). The better they are, then a win over a good team gets you a
lot of points. We didn’t have any control over it, but I’m glad it happened that way. I watched Northern Iowa play these
guys (Northern Colorado), and they’re good. They have more guys who could make shots than this team had. With the way
we guarded against these guys, we’ll struggle against Northern Iowa.
On playing competitive games in November and giving young guys experience
I think it’s good for us. It’s absolutely good for us. We have some people who have played really well against big five
people. That has to help us. One of Pitt’s losses is that we’re playing them in the same week that we’re playing somebody
else who’s pretty good. It’s good for us as long as we win. It’s not very good when you lose.