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Mountaineers fall to St John’s 79-73 in contact-heavy bout

There was sufficient contact Friday evening contained in the Coliseum that it appeared just like the clock had been turned again some 15 years to an period now lengthy passed by.
“It was referred to as like an old style Large East sport,” WVU head coach mentioned after West Virginia dropped a 79-73 sport to St. John’s.
At one level, Purple Storm middle Joel Soriano walked over to his bench and handed over a part of his tooth that had been knocked free.
Yeah, it was that kind of battle, one the Mountaineers (3-4) used to play again within the day when it was a member of the Large East.
The sport featured 46 fouls, 63 free-throw makes an attempt and key gamers on each ends — Jesse Edwards for WVU, Chris Ledlum for St. John’s — fouled out.
“It’s fairly simple to see the story of the sport,” Eilert continued. “We gave up 18 offensive rebounds to a group like that and gave them 26 second-chance factors, you’re not going to have an opportunity to win that sport. And we actually did.”
Regardless of giving up the second-chance factors and shedding out on an important hustle play that turned the sport, WVU went simply 5 of 10 from the foul line within the ultimate 1:19 and missed 10 free throws in all within the second half.
It might have been a special story for WVU, “Had we made some free throws down the stretch and cleaned up a few of these issues we’ve been attempting to shore up the complete season,” Eilert mentioned. “Six assists. Some guards common that, however that’s what we had tonight. It’s simply not sustainable when you need to create all the pieces one-on-one.”
St. John’s (5-2) made the performs down the stretch, together with the play of the sport that noticed WVU guard Kobe Johnson seize a rebound, however was about to fall out of bounds.
He tipped the ball again into play and the ball bounced round between gamers till St. John’s ahead Glenn Taylor grabbed it and obtained the ball to Nahiem Alleyne for
a lay-up.
Alleyne’s basket gave the Purple Storm a 72-68 lead with simply 1:32 left on the ground.
“That play, all the pieces simply occurred so quick,” WVU ahead Josiah Davis mentioned. “It was onerous to see how all the pieces occurred.”
“It was an enormous play,” was Alleyne’s viewpoint. “Shout out to Glenn getting a tip in on the ball. I simply went after it and tried to make a play.”
All WVU might muster from there was attending to the foul line, and the Mountaineers missed half of their possibilities there.
“I instructed my group, I mentioned, ‘Look, these guys have gone to conflict tonight, they’re going to overlook some free throws down the stretch,’ ” St. John’s coach Rick Pitino mentioned. “They weren’t going to make all of them, as a result of we had been urgent them fairly a bit.”
In what was a large battle between Edwards and Soriano, each bigs obtained in some foul bother and Edwards fouled out with 2:27 remaining within the sport with the Mountaineers down by 4 factors.
He completed with 15 factors and 6 rebounds, however Soriano had 24 factors and 9 rebounds.
Ledlum, a switch from Harvard, added 17 factors and 10 rebounds for St. John’s earlier than fouling out and Alleyne completed with 14.
Quinn Slazinski, who performed the final two seasons underneath Pitino’s tutelage at Iona, led WVU with
19 factors and Kobe Johnson had 14 factors.
“This can be a powerful place to play. We’re coming away with a six-point victory. It’s a terrific victory, however we’re not going to drag away from too many individuals,” Pitino mentioned. “That’s not going to occur with our group, particularly with foul bother, so you possibly can’t play aggressive protection as a result of we’re going to foul out all people. Now, I assumed this was a terrific win and an incredible job of executing down the stretch.”