MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–After suffering a 23-point loss to Texas A&M on Friday, No. 24 West Virginia looks to rebound in the home opener against American on Wednesday.
In that loss, the Mountaineers (0-1) turned the ball over 16 times, gave up 24 points in transition, and made 12-of-40 3-pointers.
The Aggies also outrebounded WVU. And the press flat out struggled.
The Mountaineers felt Esa Ahmad’s absence tremendously. However, the junior is out of action until January.
Seniors Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. both struggled. Carter made 4-of- 11 from the floor and committed four turnovers. Miles Jr. was 1-of-6 and had two turnovers.
“JC had a bad game and that’s going to happen every once in a while,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “JC had 37 against Purdue, so I don’t know how much more we can ask from him. Dax has got to practice. When you sit out as much as he’s sat out, you’re not going to be any good. Dax is kind of a rhythm shooter, and his shots were not even close. The one about landed out of bounds he missed so bad. He doesn’t do that when he’s in a groove.”
James “Beetle” Bolden came off the bench and scored a career-high 19 points. Sophomore Wesley Harris added 12.
Lamont West scored 26 points in an exhibition game against Albany earlier this fall but the redshirt sophomore scored eight points and was 2-of-7 from beyond the arc.
The Eagles (0-1) suffered an 83-45 loss at the hands of Big 12 foe Kansas State on Friday.
Larry Motuzis tallied 17 points in the loss. Sam Iorio, Sa’eed Nelson and Cheikh Diallo all had five points.
WVU is 4-1 all-time against American.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and is televised on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.
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