WVU Improves To 7-0 With Win Over Rhode Island

WVU Improves To 7-0 With Win Over Rhode Island


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Mountaineer men’s basketball team pulled out a tough 86-81 win over Rhode Island Sunday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.

With the victory West Virginia improved its record to 7-0. It’s WVU’s best start to a season since it was also 7-0, en route to a 15-1 beginning and ultimately a 26-9 record, in the 2015-16 campaign. The Mountaineers’ seven-game opening win streak that year came to an end at Madison Square Garden in a 70-54 loss to Virginia. WVU’s next game this season also comes at The World’s Most Famous Arena, as Bob Huggins’ Mountaineers visit MSG next Saturday at noon where it will face St. John’s (6-2).

Rhode Island fought the Mountaineers throughout much of the first half but a 19-5 run midway through the period helped push the home team to a 44-33 halftime lead. Derek Culver did not start the game for West Virginia, as former Arkansas transfer Gabe Osabuohien earned his first career start with the Mountaineers. But Culver made up for lost time when he did enter the contest six minutes in, finishing the first period with 12 points and seven rebounds. Fellow sophomore Emmitt Matthews led WVU’s scoring in the opening half with 14 points, but other than he and Culver, no other Mountaineer individual had more than three points.

URI started the second half strong and quickly cut West Virginia’s advantage down to four, 45-41, and the battle was on from there.

Led by diminutive junior guard Fatts Russell, who had 18 points to lead Rhode Island to an 83-70 win over WVU last year, the Rams came all the way back to tie things at 60-60 with 9:26 remaining. Russell had 12 points for URI in the first half and another 14 in the first 10 minutes of the second.

Fatts was good – he finished with 32 points – but the combination of Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe was slightly better. The two Mountaineer bigs totaled 36 points and 20 rebounds. Culver alone had a career-high 25 points to go along with 11 rebounds, as the two made big shots after Rhody tied game to lift WVU back into the lead and ultimately to the hard-fought win.

 

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    WVU Improves To 7-0 With Win Over Rhode Island MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Mountaineer men’s basketball team pulled out a tough 86-81 win over Rhode Islan
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    #105638

    What does it take to get guys to shoot above a low bar of 70% at the free throw line??? We win easily if that was the case. Huggs needs to practice these guys at the charity stripe and force them to watch Tom Amberry videos!!

    #105640

    BSAEWVU8, we shot 77.4% from the FT line, 17-23 tonight. You must be confused with the other games.

    #105722

    They missed a lot of free throws in the last 10 minutes that could have sealed the deal… I bet you dollars to donuts it was below 70% in that timeframe.

    #105752

    In the final ten minutes of the URI game we went 11/16 on FTs. That’s 68.8%.

    Not much below 70%.

    #105762

    Better than we shot for the year two years ago. But yes, draining them going down the stretch is critical. Especially missing front end of 1-1’s.

    #105775

    Just for reference:

    There are 171 teams making 70% or more of their free throws so far this year out of 350 Division I teams. SO, that 70% puts you in the upper half of nation. WVU is at 69.7%, which puts them 178th at the moment. Not great, but any stretch, but not awful either.

    I do think guys like Jermaine Haley, who is just 20-34 so far, and Matthews and McBride will improve as the season goes along. If Culver and Oscar can keep up their paces, WVU could be pretty good. There are a boatload of teams around the 70% mark – an improvement of just two percentage points would put WVU up to 113th nationally.

    I agree that I think players can improve their FT percentages, and that it takes work. One thing we don’t consider while watching is the effect of fatigue and stress on te process. When we go out and shoot in the driveway, we haven’ been running up and down for three mintues, our hearts aren’t pumping, adrenaline isn’t up, etc. Not making excuses, but it is a different environment.

    Great point on 1 and 1s, Butler. Missing the front end is like missing two.

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