MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Esa Ahmad and Beetle Bolden scored 15 point apiece as West Virginia pummeled Youngstown State 106-72 on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (5-2) are on a five-game winning streak.
“It was better offensively,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “Defensively, we still don’t know what we’re doing.”
Sagaba Konate tallied 14 points. Wesley Harris, Brandon Knapper and Lamont West each added 10 points.
Garrett Covington was the lone Penguin in double-figures. He had 20 points.
Bolden started the game on fire, scoring 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting from 3-point range, allowing WVU to take a 16-5 lead.
Youngstown State (3-6) hung around most of the first half before the Mountaineers went on an 11-0 run to take a commanding 55-37 lead at the half.
After the break, Huggins’ squad picked up right where they left off.
WVU committed just nine miscues while forcing the Penguins to turn it over 15 times.
The Mountaineers had a 47-39 advantage on the glass over Youngstown State.
WVU shot a season-high 54 percent from the floor, made 11-of-32 from beyond the arc and 65 percent from the charity stripe.
The Penguins shot 38 percent from the field, 25 percent from 3-point range and 69 percent from the line.
“I thought it was a great learning experience for our basketball club, coming in here yesterday and getting a chance to play against, obviously, a really-well coached team,” Youngstown State coach Jerrod Calhoun said.
Huggins earned his 850th win.
WVU travels to New York City to take on Florida at 9 p.m. as part of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS