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MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — The West Virginia Mountaineers (1-1) came into tonight’s game against the Monmouth Hawks as 14 point favorites, but Monmouth was the better team on this night, pulling away in the second half to hand the Mountaineers an embarrassing 73-65 loss at the WVU Coliseum.

West Virginia’s lack of depth was apparent tonight with only 8 scholarship players available, and unfortunately this is likely going to be an issue all season. Jesse Edwards had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Mountaineers. Quinn Slazinksi had 15 points and 4 assists, and Kobe Johnson added 13 points.

Monmouth was led by an outstandng performance from senior guard Xander Rice, the son of the head coach of the team, who finished with a career-high 30 points and 6 assists on the night.

The Mountaineers are back in action on Tuesday, November 14th at home against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.

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Brad Smith, "The Voice of Morgantown", is the most trusted, accomplished name in West Virginia sports journalism. Smith is the foremost, preeminent authority on West Virginia athletics and a lifelong fan of the Mountaineers. Smith, a proud graduate of West Virginia University, resides in Morgantown most of the year, but has a home in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lives during the winter.