Mountaineers Roll Over Marist
BOB HUGGINS' POSTGAME REMARKS ON MSN RADIO
Freshman Eron Harris came off the bench to score 15 points and fellow frosh Terry Henderson added 14 to help West Virginia cruise to an 87-44 victory over Marist in the opening game of the Old Spice Classic at H.P. Field House in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
West Virginia was coming off a disappointing 84-50 loss at Gonzaga back on Nov. 12.
“They were anxious to play somebody,” said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. “Ten days is a long time.”
After trailing 6-3 early on, the Mountaineers used a 21-3 run to build a 15-point advantage and from there they never looked back. West Virginia shared the basketball, played good defense and got easy transition baskets on the way to a 51-19 lead at halftime.
“I thought in the first half we kind of did the things that we wanted to do,” said Huggins.
Marist (1-3) made just five first-half field goals and committed 15 turnovers.
Henderson scored all 14 of his points in the first half, making both of his 3-point shots, while Harris came in and got 9 quick points during a five-minute stretch late in the half.
“Terry Henderson I think is working his way in there,” Huggins said. “He makes shots and he’s getting better defensively all of the time and Eron Harris makes things happen because of his athleticism and he’s not afraid to stick his nose in there.”
In the second half, Aaric Murray came off the bench to score 10 – one of five players to reach double figures for the Mountaineers for the afternoon. Jabarie Hinds was the only starter to reach double figures with 11 while Matt Humphrey added 10.
“We’ve got pieces, we’ve just got to continue to work with them,” said Huggins. “Everybody keeps saying, ‘When are you going to get your top seven or eight?’ I don’t know who they are. It just depends on the day.
West Virginia shot 52.9 percent (36 of 38) while hitting 5 of 9 from 3 (55.6 percent). Marist shot just 27.1 percent and ended the game with 23 turnovers.
“We’ve got to continue to work with Terry because he is our best shot maker and with the way our other guards can penetrate I think we’re going to be able to get him some shots,” said Huggins.
Isaiah Morton led Marist with 10 points off the bench.
Meanwhile, West Virginia got 61 points from its bench and Hinds played the most minutes of any Mountaineer player with 24.
“Sixty one points off the bench is pretty good,” said Huggins. “Jabarie Hinds played the most of anybody with 24 minutes so we ought to have some fresh legs tomorrow.”
West Virginia (1-1) will play the winner of today’s Davidson/Vanderbilt game tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN ahead of Mountaineer football’s game at Iowa State kicking off at 3:30 p.m. and being televised on ABC.
Update: West Virginia will face Davidson in the second round of the Old Spice Classic on Friday. Davidson defeated Vanderbilt 75-62 following West Virginia's win over Marist.
MSN radio affiliates for Friday's Old Spice Classic (Air time noon)
Cumberland, Md., WDZN-FM
New Martinsville, WETZ-AM
Subject to change.
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