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Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers (7-1) cruised to an easy 67-51 victory over the Radford Highlanders in Darris Nichols’ return to the WVU Coliseum – this time as a head coach.

West Virginia was led by Taz Sherman, who scored 21 points in the first half and finished with 27 points on 9/16 from the field, 2/5 from the three point range and 7/8 from the foul line.  Pauly Paulicap had his best game for the Mountaineers, finishing the game with 7 points and 4 rebounds off the bench.  Senior Sean McNeil did not play today due to a lower back injury and is considered “day to day.”

The Mountaineers are back in action on Wednesday, December 8th at home against the 7-1 #17 ranked Connecticut Huskies.  The game starts at 7:00PM and will be televised live on ESPN2.

Observations

Although Radford was obviously over-matched in terms of talent, they were clearly a very well-coached team and they played hard the entire game.  Darris Nichols is doing a great job in his first season as a head coach.

Taz Sherman could have easily finished with 40 or 50 points today if he wanted to.  He looks so comfortable with the ball and has become a truly tremendous scorer.

Jalen Bridges is far too talented to disappear as much as he does during games.  Would like to see him much more aggressively offensively.

James Okonkwo made his first appearance as a Mountaineer.  He plays much larger than 6’8  and had an outstanding two-handed dunk and a few rebounds in limited minutes.

Great to see West Virginia basketball legend Kevin Pittsnogle at the game today!

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