After looking utterly lost in Spokane over a week ago, the Mountaineers looked like a team in mid-season form. Coach Huggins must have drilled defense all week in preparation for the star of the Old Spice Classic.
The Mountaineers played a physical and dominant brand of defense against Marist. WVU did not let a single pass go uncontested or a single shot go without a hand in the face of the Red Fox shooting it. Marist was frustrated by the WVU defense all day, and it was reflected in the box score.
Marist was held to 13 of 48 shooting from the field (27.1%) and turned the ball over 24 times. WVU held star Marist guard Price to just 4 points, down from his 14 points per game average. Kilicli, Noreen, and Murray kept big man Kemp off the boards pretty well.
As a team, the Mountaineers shot pretty well from the field, 36 of 68 (52.9%). The Mountaineers starting five gave way to reserve players for the majority of the afternoon. Huggins got outstanding performances from Eron Harris and Terry Henderson, who combined for 29 of the 51 bench points for the Mountaineers.
While Marist might not have been a stout opponent, they were a good opponent for the Mountaineers to tune up their game on, especially after the debacle in Spokane. WVU will face the winner of Vanderbilt vs Davidson tomorrow at 12:30 on ESPN.