The WVU basketball team started slow for about three minutes on Wednesday. The sluggishness soon wore off as the Mountaineers dominated Coppin State.
The Mountaineers rolled to a 77-38 victory. Coppin State scored just 18 points in the first half and 20 in the second. It was a typical December game against a lowly opponent. The WVU basketball team basically ran Coppin State out of the gym, as it should have.
The game gave head coach Bob Huggins another chance to see his young guys make an impact. The WVU basketball team really hasn’t been challenged in a few weeks and coming off the exhibition against Wheeling Jesuit, this game served as another training ground.
The Mountaineers were led in scoring by freshman Teddy Allen who poured in a career-high 24 points. Senior star Jevon Carter added 14 as the other senior, Daxter Miles, poured in 11 points. James Bolden, who continues to be a pure, reliable shooter, added 12 points.
Huggins took advantage of this opportunity against Coppin State to give West Virginia native Chase Harler his first start. Harler played for 24 minutes and scored two points with three steals. Every player on the bench received some solid playing time with D’Angelo Hunter appearing for 15 minutes after making a strong statement in the Wheeling Jesuit game.
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Hunter was the only player who didn’t score, though. Logan Routt had four points in 11 minutes and starter Wesley Harris just had two points. It was still a dominant effort all around for the Mountaineers scoring 29 points off 28 Coppin State turnovers.
The only downfall for the Mountaineers in this one might have been their inability to shoot from behind-the-arc. The WVU basketball team was just 6 of 29 for 20 percent on 3-pointers. Coppin State, which is now 0-12 on the year, shot just 3 of 20.
West Virginia is still one of the best teams in the country and playing more regularly will allow them to play even better come conference play. There is just one game separating the Mountaineers from facing Oklahoma State in the Big 12 slate as Fordham comes to Morgantown at noon on Friday.
As of right now, West Virginia is the highest ranked team in the Big 12 in the national standings. The WVU basketball team is No. 10 with just one loss. Kansas checks in at No. 14 with two losses.