Final: WVU 92, Penn 58

Final: WVU 92, Penn 58

West Virginia men’s basketball looks to lift Hall of Fame coach Bob Huggins into third place on the list of Division I’s winningest coaches in tonight’s 7 o’clock home game against. A win over the Quakers gives Huggins 920 wins and creates a tie for third with Jim Calhoun.

Huggins has never coached against Penn or an Ivy League team. The Mountaineers last played an Ivy Leaguer in the 1981 NIT, which was a three-point win at the Coliseum. The only other game between the two was a 35-9 Penn win in Philadelphia in 1922. The last regular-season game against a team from the Ivy League was a 1973 home win over Cornell, one of 11 wins in 19 games against teams from the league.

Penn is 1-3 on the season and picked up his first win Tuesday on the road against Drexel. The Quakers have lost to Iona, Missouri and Towson but were picked by the coaches to win the Ivy League in the preseason poll. Junior guard Jordan Dingle averages 19.8 points per game. HAS agreed first-team all-league selection last season, Dingle led the league and ranked No. 12 nationally with 20.9 points per game. The top four scorers are back this season.

first half

— WVU will again start Kedrian Johnson and Erik Stevenson in the backcourt and Emmitt Matthews, Tre Mitchell and Jimmy Bell in the frontcourt. Matthews needs 12 points to reach 1,000 in his career.

— Dingle will not play for the Quakers. He has a leg injury.

— Mitchell opens the scoring with a no-dribble jumper. Penn turns it over with a charge into Bell.

— Stevenson hits a 3. It’s 7-1.

–Ke. Johnson misses a 3 goal Bell has the rebound and a putback. Penn misses two hots but Clark Slajchert scores on the third shot. He averages 15 points per game.

— At the under-16 timeout, WVU is off to a better start than it had in the first three games. The lead is 11-5. WVU is 5-for-8 and hasn’t turned the ball over yet. Penn is 2-for-4 and is beyondbounding WVIU 4-1.

— Another second-chance basket for Penn followed by another no-dribble jumper for Mitchell. Penn turns it over and Stevenson tries a lob to Matthews for a dunk, but the pass is off and the possession is wasted.

— Matthews and Stevenson convert in transition. Matthews gets a defensive rebound and passes ahead to Stevenson, who dribbled into a 3 for a 17-7 lead. WVU has now had a double-digit lead in all four games.

— Joe Toussaint and Mitchell follow with 3s. Mitchell did not dribble. It’s 23-9 as we hit the under-12 timeout. This is a 12-2 run with four straight made shots.

— Play resumes and makes a 3. WVU is 5-for-6 from deep and has made the past four.

— At the 10:29 mark, James Okonkwo checks in. He did not play in Tuesday’s game. Toussaint makes a 3. WVU is 6-for-7 there and has made five in a row.

— The under-8 timeout arrives as Josiah Harris passes it out of Bell’s reach in the post for a turnover. It’s 31-16. WVU has made 11 of 17 shots. Penn has made 6 of 14.

— WVU’s come back to Earth with some spotty play on offense and on the boards. Matthews and Bell crash into one another trying to get a defensive rebound. Jamel King saves it with a pass directly to Penn’s Nick Spinoso for a layup. It’s 33-20.

— King, who didn’t play in the first two games but has played these last two, hits a corner 3 in transition. Slajchert scores on the other end and has 10 points. King misses everything on a 3 and Huggins sends troops to the scorer’s table.

— We hit the under-4 timeout with WVU ahead 38-24.

— This is really something to watch. Mitchell gets it on the block and dribbles twice. Nothing there. He passes it outside. The ball comes back in, Mitchell shoots and scores without dribbling. Four no-dribble sneakers. Penn misses. Stevenson hits his third 3. Penn gets a bucket but Stevenson hits another 3. He has 13 points and WVU leads 48-31.

— Stevenson has layups on back-to-back possessions. That’s 17 points this half and 10 in 94 seconds. His career high was 25 at South Carolina, 27 at Washington and 29 at Wichita State.

— Halftime: WVU 52, Penn 31. Hot shooting for the home team. Eighteen baskets, six layups, nine 3s and seven free throws for a robust 1,529 points per possession.

second half

— Stevenson gets WVU going with another bucket and Ke. Johnson makes a 3, which is his first. He’s scored on two drives as well.

— We’re at the under-16 timeout with WVU leading 61-36. WVU is 3-for-5 this half and has yet to turn it over after losing six possessions in the first half. Penn is 1-for-4 with four turnovers.

— Slajchert hits a 3. He has 16 points. Ke. Johnson makes two free throws shortly after missing two. Slajchert scores and then fouls Johnson, and those two have words. But that foul puts WVU in the bonus with 14:30 to go. He goes 2-for-2 for a 65-41 lead.

— WVU trailed in its first three games but just for 10:11. WVU won’t trail today. Mohamed Wague, who’s been quiet today, goes to the line and banks in a free throw before swishing one for a 67-41 lead.

— Wague with a steal at midcourt for the third time this season. He’s crowded and can’t get up a shot, but he makes 1 of 2 at the line. The 68-41 lead is WVU’s largest of the season.

— At the under-12 timeout, WVU leads 68-46 and has missed five straight shots. A rare cold stretch tonight. Penn is 5-for-14 this half and has turned it over six times. WVU’s bench is going to get a lot of run the rest of the way here.

— Okonkwo has a putback and Josiah Harris has a 3 during the bench audition. Joe Toussaint is coordinating the offense. Too soon for Josiah Davis, it would seem. Nevertheless, 22 bench points tonight.

— Toussaint with his third three of the night. That’s a career high. He made two in his first game at Iowa and that three more times that season. not once the year after and just once last year. It’s his fourth game here.

— The negative tonight is the rebounding. Penn is up 35-28 with a 17-6 edge in offensive rebounds. Penn has missed more shots on offense, but Penn has grabbed a bunch of those and WVU’s misses.

–Toussaint checked out after a bounce pass to King on the baseline for a layup. That’s his fifth assist. Davis will play the final 1:45.

— Davis gets his first collegiate point with a free throw for an 88-58 lead.

— Davis tries to score in transition but a foul hard prevents that. He makes two free throws.

— Seth Wilson hits Davis with a back pass in transition for a layup. Five points for the freshman. He outscored Jo. Johnson, Wilson, Wague, Suemnick and Okonkwo.

–Final: WVU 92, Penn 58

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