Bench play clutch in WVU's win over Marshall

Bench play clutch in WVU's win over Marshall

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Bench play clutch in WVU's win over Marshall

Mar 18, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Teddy Allen (13) and forward Logan Routt (31) celebrate the 94-71 victory against the Marshall Thundering Herd in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

SAN DIEGO–West Virginia’s bench contributed 39 points in West Virginia’s 94-71 win over Marshall on Sunday.

The Mountaineers got strong performances from Lamont West, Beetle Bolden and Teddy Allen.

“We just came in and played hard,” West said. “It started on defense. We just wanted to turn the defense into offense and once we got the turnovers, the offense started coming.”

Mar 18, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Teddy Allen (13) reacts against the Marshall Thundering Herd during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

As long as WVU hopes to keep dancing, it will need strong assistance from its bench.

“We’re a great team when we got a lot of guys scoring,” Allen said. “Obviously, you can tell the last few games, when we got three or four guys scoring eight-plus points, we’re tough to beat.”

Trailing the Thundering Herd 16-8, something went off inside the Mountaineers and they exploded both offensively and defensively.

And their bench played a crucial role in that.

“Guys like myself came off the bench and created a spark for us,” Bolden said. “We turned it up on defense and it led to the offense.”

Mar 18, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard James Bolden (3) forward Teddy Allen (13) and forward Sagaba Konate (50) react against the Marshall Thundering Herd during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

West, Bolden and Allen’s offensive production changed the momentum in WVU’s favor.

During the Big 12 Tournament, the Mountaineers lacked the offensive production from their bench. They relied strictly on Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr.

But WVU is aware of what’s on the line now.

“It’s March Madness,” Allen said. “If you can’t turn it on in March Madness, then you don’t need to be here.”

 

Cover Photo Credit: Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

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