MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Josh Reaves’ tip-in with one second remaining lifted Penn State past West Virginia, 84-82, on Saturday in a charity exhibition game.
With time winding down, Lamar Stevens missed a jumper but Reaves was there to tip the ball in.
“It was a rebound basket,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “We gave up 18 of them, 10 at halftime. To be brutally honest, we didn’t get out of Lamont West what we normally get.”
Esa Ahmad led the Mountaineers with 25 points. Sagaba Konate had 15 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Knapper tallied 11 points and Chase Harler added 10.
Beetle Bolden missed the game due to a hand injury.
Myles Dread scored 23 points for the Nittany Lions. Lamar Stevens had 20 points and 11 boards. Rasir Bolton chipped in 15.
Penn State had a 41-37 edge on the glass.
The Mountaineers forced 18 turnovers but they gave it away 16 times.
WVU came out sluggish in the first half, falling behind 10-0 out of the gate. The Mountaineers made just 9-of-13 from the field, allowing the Nittany Lions to take a 43-31 led to the locker room.
WVU shot 42 percent from the floor, 33 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the charity stripe.
The Nittany Lions shot 44 percent from the field, 52 percent from 3-point range and 65 percent from the line.
The Mountaineers open the season against Buffalo on Friday, Nov. 9 at 9.p.m. at the Coliseum.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS