led four double-figure scorers with 19 points as West Virginia ran away with a 78-60 victory over Old Dominion Tuesday night in the first game of the Triple Crown Cancun Shootout at the Hard Rock Hotel in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico.
The Mountaineers will take on either 10th-ranked and 6-0 Wisconsin or 5-0 St. Louis tomorrow night at 9:30 p.m. That contest will also be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
Tonight, West Virginia (5-1) jumped out to a 12-point halftime lead and expanded it to as many as 25 with 6:33 remaining.
West Virginia shot 56 percent from the floor, including 15-of-24 in the second half that included 5-of-9 from 3. In the first half, Old Dominion was content to stay in a two-three zone and allow the Mountaineers fire away from the outside.
“We were just so perimeter oriented and we never sealed and occupied the middle guy so he just kind of roamed,” said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. “We had either Kevin Noreen
or Devin Williams
occupy the middle guy. Our ball movement was better
came off the bench to score 14, Juwan Staten
just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine assists while freshman Devin Williams
recorded his second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
In six games now Staten shows 47 assists and just five turnovers.
“Juanny was really good again tonight,” said Huggins.
Old Dominion (4-2) struggled shooting the basketball, hitting 39 percent overall and just 26 percent from 3. The Monarchs were also miserable from the line, hitting 9 of 22, including hitting 3-of-13 at one point.
Old Dominion’s Aaron Bacote led everyone with 20 points.
The Monarchs, despite playing a three-guard lineup, had a 35-28 edge on the glass.
“Just think what we could do if we could get a defensive rebound,” said Huggins. “We keep giving up a dozen or more and we’re not going to be able to keep doing that. We can do that and make some shots and win, but we can’t keep doing that against good people. That’s what we continue to harp on them.”