Deniz Kilicli scored 26 points and Jabarie Hinds added 23 to lead the Blue team to a 94-80 victory over the Gold during Friday evening’s Gold-Blue Debut scrimmage at the WVU Coliseum.
An estimated 5,100 fans came out for Mountaineer basketball’s first public showing and they were entertained throughout by an assortment of dunks, fast-break baskets and up-and-down play.
Coach Bob Huggins has said that he wants to play a little faster in the Big 12 Conference this year and it looks like his team is equipped to do that.
“I want to shoot 3s but I don’t want to manufacture them,” Huggins said. “And we’ve got some talented big guys and we need to get Deniz the ball more and we’ve got to get Aaric (Murray) the ball more.”
Boston College transfer Matt Humphrey led the Gold team with 23 points while freshman guard Terry Henderson contributed 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. La Salle transfer Aaric Murray grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds while also scoring 12 points. Dayton transfer Juwan Staten added 14 points and a game-high eight assists.
“Matt Humphrey is still finding his way. Aaric Murray is still finding his way and Juany is a little more comfortable because he practiced some last year,” said Huggins.
“I like our guards,” said Huggins. “Three of those guys have three years left and two of them have four years left, they can do some things.”
Freshman Volodymyr Gerun was held out of today’s scrimmage while he awaits his eligibility status.
“They haven’t made a decision yet on him,” said Huggins. “That’s the reason he’s not playing because we are waiting on the decision.”
Following the 40-minute officiated scrimmage players and coaches remained on the floor to sign autographs for Mountaineer fans.
West Virginia faces Glenville State in an exhibition game at the WVU Coliseum on Nov. 6 before opening the season on the road at Gonzaga on Nov. 12 in a game that will tip off at 11:59 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN.