Despite Slow Start, West Virginia Basketball Dominates


(Image from Ryan Decker)

Morgantown, West Virginia – WVU had a slow start in the first half, trailing Morehead State for much of the first half, but they got it done, winning 75-57 in Morgantown. West Virginia started the game with 5 early turnovers but only committed 10 when the game came to a close.

WVU’s leading scorer was Tre Mitchell, who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and turnovers in his first game as a starter for the Mountaineers. Mitchell also shot 8-12 and went 5-5 from the free throw line. Jimmy Bell had his best night as a Mountaineer, scoring 10 points, rebounds, and blocks.

West Virginia also shot great from the free throw line going 13-16 (81.3%). They struggled shooting though going 29-62 (46.8%) for Field Goals and 4-17 (23.5%) from beyond the arc.

The difference in this game:

Once the team as a whole adjusted and stopped committing turnovers, they were able to start scoring a lot easier and forcing turnovers. WVU committed just 10 turnovers and forced 20 against the Eagles.

Leading scorer for Morehead State:

Morehead State’s leading scorer was Alex Gross, who had 12 points, 6 rebounds, and assist. He shot 5-8 and went 2-2 from the charity stripe. Mark Freeman was the Eagle’s only other double-digit scorer having a total of 10 points.

Up Next for the Mountaineers:

The Mountaineers remain in Morgantown, as they play Penn on Friday at 7:00 PM on ESPN+. They then head out to Portland, Oregon to face Purdue in the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament next Thursday.