WVU Crashes In The Second Round Of CBI
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Thus the season ended with a thud.
For a long stretch of the 2018-19 campaign, West Virginia’s men’s basketball team struggled in amassing a 10-17 record.
It improved in the past month, though, winning five of the last eight, but Monday in the second round of the CBI the old problems reared their head, as WVU dropped a 109-89 decision to the visiting Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina.
With the loss, the Mountaineers’ season ends with a 15-21 record. It’s the most losses ever suffered by a West Virginia men’s basketball team in program history.
Coastal is now 17-16 and will move on to the CBI semifinals against an opponent that will be revealed later tonight.
WVU’s issues started even before tipoff in the Coliseum. Freshman center Derek Culver, who has led the Mountaineers as of late with an average of 11.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, did not start and did not play at all in the first half. The reason for his absence was not explained immediately, though afterward it was stated that Culver was late in arriving for Monday’s game.
Culver was back on the court the second half, but by that point, West Virginia already trailed 50-36.
The presence of Culver didn’t improve things for the Mountaineers in the second half. Coastal Carolina made 17 of its first 22 field goal attempts in the period, pushing its lead as large as 25 before hitting cruise control down the stretch.
The only question at that point was how many points would the Chanticleers total. Only three opponents had scored more than 100 points in a regulation game in the history of the Coliseum, which opened in 1970 – Kentucky won 106-100 in 1970, Notre Dame won 107-98 in 1971 and Illinois State won 105-99 in 1975. Coastal became the fourth to surpass the century mark. And it went even beyond that, scoring (109) the most points in regulation of any opponent to visit the Coliseum.