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Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers men’s basketball team made their season debut inside the WVU Coliseum this evening in the annual Gold-Blue game.  The Gold team defeated Blue 74-57 in the intrasquad scrimmage.

The Gold team featured sophomore Jalen Bridges, freshman Kobe Johnson, senior Taz Sherman, redshirt freshman Isaiah Cottrell, seniors Pauly Paulicap and Malik Curry, as well as freshmen Jamel King and James Okonkwo.

Gold was led by Jalen Bridges, who finished the game with 21 points (8-12 FG, 5-8 3PT), 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.  Isaiah Cottrell added 16 points on 7-9 from the field and 1-2 from three point range.  Freshman Kobe Johnson had an outstanding debut for the Mountaineers, finishing with 16 points on 6-7 from the field and 4-5 from three point range.  Pauly Paulicap had 4 points and 2 rebounds, Malik Curry had 4 points and 7 assists, Jamel King had 7 points and Taz Sherman struggled from the field, finishing with only 6 points on 3-7 from the field and 0-3 from three point range.

The Blue team consisted of seniors Sean McNeil, Gabe Osabuohien, Kedrian Johnson and Dimon Carrigan, sophomores Seny N’Diaye and Taj Thweatt, as well as freshman Seth Wilson.

Sean McNeil led the Blue team with 16 points, Taj Thweatt had 14 points, newcomer Dimon Carrigan had 10 points and Gabe Osabuohien also added 10 points each.  Seth Wilson finished with 4 points, Kedrian Johnson 3 points and 4 assists and Seny N’Diaye was the only player to not score.

The Mountaineers will next play an exhibition against Oakland at home on November 9th before their season opener against Pitt in the Backyard Brawl Basketball Edition on November 12th.

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