MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Wesley Harris scored 16 points as the Gold team defeated the blue team 64-58 during the annual Gold-Blue Debut on Friday night.
Sagaba Konate tallied 15 points. Esa Ahmad had 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Derek Culver added 10 points for the Gold team.
Lamont West led the Blue team with 16 points and Logan Routt tallied 10.
Several newcomers Emmitt Matthews Jr., Jermaine Haley, Trey Doomes, Andrew Gordon, Taevon Horton and Culver all made their Mountaineer debuts.
“We have talent. It’s just how fast we learn,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said.
Fans were dazzled by the passing and ball skills of McCabe. He finished the game with five points on 2-of-9 shooting from the field.
Doomes scored eight points. Culver’s ability to crash the boards is a plus. The freshman had six rebounds.
“We got more than Sags back there protecting the rim,” Huggins said. ” He’s the best. Derek does a good job of protecting the rim, so does Drew (Andrew Gordon).”
Konate put his improved shooting on display. The junior drained a 3-pointer in the first half and made a length-of-the-court drive that ended with a slam dunk at the other end later in the game.
Harris showed that he could be a reliable scorer this season. He made 6-of-7 from the floor and hit 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.
“He shot the ball a lot better than he shot the ball a year ago,” Huggins said. “He’s got experience and he’s got good feet. He’s a lot more affective in the press. We didn’t press very much or press very well tonight.”
The passing game is still a work in progress for the Mountaineers. The two teams combined for 16 turnovers.
Junior Beetle Bolden missed the game due to a hand injury.
WVU hosts Penn State on Saturday, November 3 in a charity exhibition game. The game time has yet to be announced.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS