MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (KDKA/AP) – West Virginia led by 16 points at the half and built their lead to 24 in the second, only to hold on to beat Seton Hall 56-44 on Wednesday night.
After building the 24 point lead in second half, the Mountaineers did not score a basket in the final eight minutes of the game.
The drought baffled coach Bob Huggins: “We just stood around. I don’t know why we do it. I can’t explain it. We took bad shots out of character for what this team has to do to be good.”
The No. 25 Mountaineers (15-6, 6-3) were led by Kevin Jones with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The points put Jones past the 1,000 point mark in his career at West Virginia.
Deniz Kilicli and Cam Thoroughman added 10 points, and Joe Mazzulla grabbed 10 rebounds.
Thoroughman is the replacement for Casey Mitchell, who was suspended indefinitely by Huggins for violation of team rules.
Since the suspension, Huggins has been telling Thoroughman to shoot the ball more.
“When they have a guy standing in front of the goal and they don’t guard him at 10 feet, he’s got to shoot it and he’s capable of shooting it in,” Huggins said.
West Virginia will face Villanova on the road this Saturday, then will host No. 4 Pitt on Monday night.