MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — The West Virginia Mountaineers fell to 1-1 on the season after losing to the Monmouth Hawks by a score of 73-65 at the WVU Coliseum tonight. Interim head coach Josh Eilert had the following to say about the loss:
“We have to figure out a way to get matched up in transition. We had so many turnovers when I thought we were about to get back in the game. We’re definitely struggling from the lack of depth and trying to keep fresh legs out there.
I felt like our execution wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I thought we got some pretty good shots. We’ve got to find a way to make shots and get the ball over the rim, but it does seem like our guys’ legs are tired. We have challenge ahead, but I hate to use the depth as a crutch. We need to start trusting each other. We have a short bench and it is what it is.
Credit to Coach Rice for coming in here and getting it done. They threw that 2-3 zone at us and stymied us a bit. We all have a lot to learn. It’s a long season and I’m not trying to make excuses. We’ve got to get it figured out.”
The Mountaineers are back in action on Tuesday, November 14 against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.