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Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers (9-1) had a slow, sluggish start but pulled away in the second half to beat the Kent State  Golden Flashes (5-4), 63-50.

West Virginia was once again carried offensively by senior guards Taz Sherman, who finished the game with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists,  Sean McNeil, who was the only other player on the team in double-digits with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

 

After five consecutive games at home (5-0), the Mountaineers will next travel to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to play the 8-2 Blazers.  When the new college basketball polls are released tomorrow, there is a very good chance that West Virginia could finally be in the Top 25.

Observations

West Virginia must find a 3rd scorer. While Taz Sherman and Sean McNeil are both very talented offensive players, the Mountaineers will need Jalen Bridges, Isaiah Cottrell, Malik Curry or another player to step up to add scoring.

Free throw shooting is becoming a real problem for the Mountaineers this season.  You can’t shoot 50% from the foul line and expect to beat very many good teams.

While West Virginia was able to win against an average Kent State team today, they will need more energy and enthusiasm to beat quality Big 12 teams in conference play this season.

Bob Huggins collected his 909th career win in his legendary career.

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