MORGANTOWN — The excellent news: West Virginia ended a two-game skid Sunday evening with a 62-58 win in opposition to Bellarmine contained in the Coliseum.
The not so excellent news: The Mountaineers confirmed little life and got here away with few solutions to what’s been troubling them.
“We needed slightly extra,” mentioned level guard Kobe Johnson, who completed with 13 factors. “It form of felt like a lure sport. All of us needed to come back out and play higher and dominate, however you recognize …”
Johnson’s voice trailed off, however the which means was understood.
WVU (3-3) didn’t stroll out of the Coliseum feeling as if it had simply placed on a unbelievable show of basketball.
As a substitute, the Mountaineers, as drained and worn down as this short-handed bunch will be, merely survived.
“Positively not a straightforward one,” heart Jesse Edwards mentioned after getting his third double-double (17 factors, 14 rebounds) of the season. “We ended up getting many of the performs we needed to run increasingly, however we undoubtedly had bother with the best way (Bellarmine) shot the ball. They’re transferring loads. It wasn’t a straightforward one, however they did a extremely good job.”
For each WVU and Bellarmine (2-5), there have been each good and unhealthy moments.
The Knights held their very own on the boards, grabbing 12 offensive rebounds within the sport, whereas additionally connecting on 9 3-pointers.
“They find yourself with 14 extra field-goal makes an attempt than us and so they acquired 12 offensive rebounds,” WVU head coach Josh Eilert mentioned. “These are killers whenever you play a tea like that. You guard them for 30 (seconds) after which you need to guard them for an additional 20. We got here down on the opposite finish and our offense simply didn’t have that spark. We have been fatigued.”
The unhealthy information for the Knights is that they have been held to only 34% capturing (22 of 65), and whereas they made sufficient pictures to maintain tempo, they by no means have been in place to drag forward sufficient for the upset bid.
WVU did make some essential performs down the stretch.
Freshman Ofri Naveh nailed a 3-pointer with 3:43 remaining that gave WVU a 56-51 lead, whereas Edwards added two close-range buckets within the last seconds, together with a dunk when the Mountaineers beat the Knights’ full-court press.
“I hadn’t had a dunk the entire sport, so I simply wanted to get a superb one earlier than I left,” Edwards mentioned.
Johnson nailed a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left that secured the win, however this was one other missed alternative for WVU’s shooters total.
The Mountaineers didn’t make too many greater than the Knights, ending at 41.2% capturing, whereas solely going 3 of 16 from 3-point vary.
For a second consecutive sport, ahead Josiah Wilson didn’t rating a single level and Seth Wilson (3 of 9) additionally struggled along with his shot, too.
“I feel he’s taking good threes, and so they’re going to fall ultimately,” Eilert mentioned of Harris. “We, as a training employees, went by quite a lot of units at shoot-around, and I feel he was 10 for 10. I don’t know what flipped the change come sport time. He’s going to have a breakout sport sooner relatively than later.”
Quinn Slazinski offered some pictures, ending with 16 factors and 5 rebounds. Naveh had his finest outcomes of the season, going for 10 factors, however Eilert mentioned he’s acquired to discover a solution to get his staff energized within the coming days.
“I can really feel the fatigue with our guys,” Eilert mentioned. “Bellarmine got here in right here to play and so they have been hungry and took it to us.
“On the finish of the day, it’s a win, however we now have to determine how we study from it and develop.”