No Disaster For WVU

Staff Writer
Posted Jan 18, 2012


Heading into Wednesday’s game vs. Marshall, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins called the annual game in the middle of conference play a “disaster.”

For a stretch in the first half, it looked like it would be.

However, the Mountaineers outscored Marshall 48-32 in the second half to defeat the Thundering Herd 78-62 in the 2012 Capital Classic.

Senior forward Kevin Jones recorded his fourth straight 20-point game. He finished with 25 points and seven rebounds to lead the Mountaineers.

Fellow senior guard Truck Bryant, though he shot just 7-of-20, finished with 22 points.

WVU shot 49 percent from the field. While the Mountaineers were scoring from just about anywhere – specifically in the second half – Marshall could make on 5-of-19 shots from beyond the arc.

The Mountaineers out-rebounded one of the best rebounding teams in the nation 36-26, as well.

It was WVU's fifth win in six games. It is 14-5 for the season.

After being tied 30-30 at the half, there were five lead changes in the first four minutes of the second half, as the teams fought back and forth on offense.

WVU put together a 14-3 run in between the final moments of the first half and the early part of the second half. Marshall would respond as it did all game long.

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Player of the Game
Kevin Jones
25 points
7 rebounds
3 assists
8-of-12 shooting
6-of-6 free throws
After the Thundering Herd took a 36-35 lead, Jones scored four straight points and then a Marshall turnover led to a layup by freshman point guard Jabarie Hinds to go 42-37.

Those Jones points led to 10 straight points and a 46-37 lead for the Mountaineers with 11:08 to play. In that stretch, WVU earned some key minutes from redshirt freshman Kevin Noreen, who was starting in place of injured forward Deniz Kilicli, in terms of scrappy plays.

WVU would own the final 10 minutes of the game. The Mountaineers, particularly Bryant and Jones, hit open shots. The two had 12 straight points in a quick stretch to take a 62-47 lead.

In that time, Marshall guard DeAndre Kane was hit with a technical foul after he turned the ball over and swatted at the ball in a WVU players hands that seemed to seal the deal. Jones would hit the two free throws.

In the first half, behind a 6-0 run including four points from Noreen, the Mountaineers were able to quickly take a 6-2 lead.

The Mountaineers’ lead wouldn’t grow any higher than four points in the half, as the Thundering Herd kept the game close.

At 20-17 WVU, Huggins decided to go to a zone defense, and that sparked a 10-0 Marshall run that gave the Thundering Herd a 27-20 lead – the largest of the game.

In that stretch, Kane scored eight straight points including an ally-oop dunk that sent the MU fans in attendance into a frenzy.

After going back to man-to-man defense and taking a timeout, the Mountaineers were able to get back on track and finish the half on a 10-3 run to tie the game 30-30 at the half.

Marshall shot better than 48 percent in the first half, while WVU shot 43 percent. Many of MU’s buckets came off of tough shots or turnovers from the Mountaineers.

For WVU, Browne and Hinds had 10 apiece.

For Marshall, Kane had 19 points. Fellow guard Damier Pitts had 15 points, as well. No other player had more than 10 points for the Thundering Herd.



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