The West Virginia Mountaineers took down the Marshall Thundering Herd 78-62 in the 40th edition of the Capital Classic last night in the Charleston Civic Center. They now lead the series 29-11.
The first half of play consisted of back and forth runs and ended with Truck Bryant sinking a three to tie it at 30. West Virginia was able to pull away with a 10 point run in the second half to take the lead and not look back.
Kevin Jones had another outstanding game. He was 8-12 from the floor, 3-4 from 3 point range, and 6-6 from the line. Along with his 25 points, he was also able to pull down 7 rebounds. Truck Bryant had 22 points despite shooting 7-20 from the field. Jabarie Hinds and Gary Browne each had 10 points and a combined 10 rebounds. Kevin Noreen started the game in place of an injured Kilicli. Noreen had 6 points and 5 rebounds.
DeAndre Kane was the leading scorer for the Herd with 19 points. Damier Pitts had 15. Dennis Tinnon led the team in rebounds with 10.
Both teams had a difficult time shooting in the first half of play. The Mountaineers were able to go 16 of 26 in the second half to close the game. The Mountaineers shot 51.9% from the floor, 35.7% from 3 point range, and 77.3% from the line.
The Thundering Herd came into the game the nation’s 3rd best rebounding team. The Mountaineers out-rebounded them 37-27. The Thundering Herd shot 45% from the floor, 26.3% from 3 point range, and 50% from the foul line.
The Mountaineers get back to conference play on Saturday against a tough Cincinnati team.