WVU’s Huggins: ‘We Can’t Stand Prosperity’
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins tries to make the game easy. When his player do the opposite, bad things happen.
That was one of the primary messages Huggins delivered in the aftermath of West Virginia’ 92-78 win over Rider at the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday evening. The Mountaineers, when executing the fundamentals, were able to push their lead to double digits and control the action. When they didn’t, the Broncs prospered.
The game started off poorly for WVU, leading to an early Rider run.
“We started out that way really,” Huggins said of the poor decision-making. “Took three bad shots and hit the front of the rim – outlet passes, I call them – because it starts a fast break, and all of a sudden we’re down 6-0.”
The Mountaineers were able to steady themselves after trailing 28-21 in the first half. An 11-0 run, marked by three 3-pointers and a lay-up fueled by turnovers and solid defense, put them in control. A Lamont West three just before the half resulted in a 43-36 halftime lead.
In the second half, WVU pushed its advantage out to double digits, but Rider hung around, often bolstered by poor shots and more of the mystifying turnovers that have plagued the team from the outset of the season. Also contributing was a reversion to quick shots.
“It’s like what my dad used to say,” Huggins noted. “I remember him saying it a lot when he was coaching, that “we just can’t stand prosperity”. We were playing pretty well, the we come down, throw it to them, really unforced. Then everybody gets to to do their thing rather than the team thing.
“We’re good when we pass the ball, and we’re good when we actually sit down and try to guard.”