WVU Runs Away from Rider
West Virginia (4-2) got 20 points from junior forward Lamont West and 16 from senior forward Esa Ahmad. Junior guard Beetle Bolden checked in with 12 points, all coming in the first half. Bolden took a shot to the nose midway through the period, and he didn’t see any action in the second half. Freshman point guard Jordan McCabe had only one point but he did have a career-high eight assists. Fellow freshman Emmitt Matthews reached double figures for the first time in his career, finishing with 11 points. Junior guard Chase Harler also had 11.
The Mountaineers were playing without junior center Sagaba Konate, who remained on the bench throughout the contest because of swelling in his knee. West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins said before the game that Konate was “day to day.”
Rider (2-2) was led by Frederick Scott, who had 17 points.
But WVU topped the Broncs in rebounding (41-33) and second chance points (22-13).
WVU will play again Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.when it hosts Youngstown State. The Penguins, who are coached by former West Virginia assistant Jerrod Calhoun, are currently 3-4 prior to facing Robert Morris later Wednesday night.