West Virginia Wins Debut in Charity Exhibition

Cover Photo Courtesy of All Pro Photography/Dale Sparks

Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers men’s basketball team was back in action Friday night, defeating Bowling Green 73-57 at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers are loaded with newcomers this season and all but Texas transfer Tre Mitchell – who was out with an injury – were on display in the exhibition. Erik Stevenson, a redshirt senior transfer from South Carolina, was outstanding, leading the Mountaineers in minutes (31), points (18, 5-11 FG, 1-4 3PT, 7-9 FT) and rebounds (10).

Emmitt Matthews, Jr., in his return to the team after a year at Washington, was 5-10 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line, finishing the game with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Senior point guard Kedrian Johnson had 11 points and Kobe Johnson added 8 points.

Following the game, West Virginia’s legendary head coach Bob Huggins had the following to say about his team’s debut: “We had way too many turnovers, obviously. We’ve got to stop turning the ball over. That’s probably first and foremost. We didn’t shoot it very well at all, we forced shots, and we just didn’t play within the contest of what we needed to do at times.”

The Mountaineers will be back in action on Monday, November 7th against Mount St. Mary’s in the regular season home opener.