West leads WVU past Rider

West leads WVU past Rider

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West leads WVU past Rider

Lamont West (15) defends the inbounds pass in the second half of WVU’s 92-78 win over Rider on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Lamont West chipped in 20 points and West Virginia toppled Rider 92-78 on Wednesday night at the Coliseum.

Esa Ahmad scored 16 points. Beetle Bolden returned to the lineup and had 12 points. Emmitt Matthews Jr. and Chase Harler added 11 apiece.

Logan Routt came off the bench and made some nice contributions, scoring seven points and grabbing eight boards.

Frederick Scott scored 17 points for the Broncs (2-2). Stevie Jordan had 13. Dimencio Vaughn and Jordan Allen added 11. Anthony Durham tallied 10 points.

WVU missed its first six shots and shot 33 percent from the field in the first half. In the first 13 minutes, the Mountaineers made just 7-of-31 shots from the floor.

“We were playing pretty well, then they come down, throw it to them, really unforced,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. ” Then, everybody gets to do their thing rather than the team thing. We started out that way.”

Emmitt Matthews Jr. (11) and Rider’s Devine Eke look on a Esa Ahmad shoots free throws in the second half of WVU’s 92-78 win over Rider on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

However, the Mountaineers responded with a 22-8 run to take a 43-36 lead at the break.

At the start of the second half, WVU went on a 13-3 run to take a 56-39 lead with 16:21 left. Rider chipped away late but was unable to close on the double-digit lead.

Sagaba Konate missed the game due to a knee injury and is listed as day-to-day.

The Mountaineers shot 43 percent from the field and 37 percent from beyond the arc. WVU made 21-of-33 from the charity stripe.

The Broncs shot 46 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.

The Mountaineers outrebounded Rider 46-36.

WVU concludes its three-game homestand on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. (ET) against Youngstown State.

Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

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