Today in Morgantown, the unranked Mountaineers knocked off the 8th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers (of the Big 10) by a score of 68-64. Remember that last season, Purdue beat West Virginia 77-62 on New Year’s Day.
West Virginia defeated Purdue with domination in offensive rebounding and free throw shooting.
West Virginia used their advantage on the boards to generate more second-chance shots with a total of 12 offensive rebounds to their 7. Free throw shooting paid off, with 17 points coming from free throws for the Mountaineers to 5 for the Boilermakers.
Kevin Jones put up the most points for the Mountaineers with 17 points in 40 minutes shooting 46% from the floor. Jones also helped the cause by topping everyone with 9 rebounds.
There’s nothing quite like beating a ranked team, and West Virginia took down Purdue. The Mountaineers record just got better (12-4) and we like the way they’re playing. The Mountaineers are on a 4 game streak.
The win over Purdue extended the West Virginia winning streak to 4 games. The Mountaineers have won 4 close games this season (a win by 5 or less points). Since 2005, West Virginia has won 29 close games. The Mountaineers have won 88% of the time this season (8-1) after recording 17 or more free throws made. WVU has won 100% of the time this season (4-0) when opponents record 29 or less rebounds.
This season West Virginia has won 100% of the time (7-0) when John Flowers has 7 rebounds or more, 83% of the time (5-1) when Darryl Bryant has 5 free throws made or more, and 77% of the time (7-2) when Kevin Jones has 6 field goals made or more. The Mountaineers set a season high for turnovers. The top two scorers (Kevin Jones and John Flowers) accounted for 47.0% of the points. The top two rebounders (Kevin Jones and John Flowers) accounted for 43.2% of the rebounds.
Next up is Cabell County Community College from Huntington, KY on January 19th in Charleston at the “Capital Classic.”