Charleston Encore

CHARLESTON -West Virginia University’s basketball team will make an encore performance at the Charleston Civic Center this afternoon.

Just 15 days ago, the Mountaineers traveled to the state capital for the annual Capital City Classic game against Marshall and came away with a 74-64 victory.

WVU returns to the scene of that win for a 3 p.m. game against William & Mary.

While WVU brings a 7-5 mark into the contest following its three-point loss to Purdue last Sunday, it is the Indians who hold the better mark at 6-3, including a two-game winning streak, albeit the wins came over Wofford and Goucher.

This will mark West Virginia’s final tuneup before beginning Big 12 Conference play next Saturday afternoon at TCU. By the way, WVU’s 7-5 start to the season ties the Mountaineers with Texas Tech for the worst record in the league, as its other eight members have two or less losses.

Leading the way for the Mountaineers is Eron Harris, who is averaging 19 points per game and leads the team with 34 3-point field goals. Harris had 24 points against Purdue. Other double-digit scorers for WVU include Juwan Staten (16.4), Terry Henderson (10.3) and Devin Williams (10.1). Williams is West Virginia’s leading rebounder, hauling in 7.9 per contest.

Coach Bob Huggins continues to tweak his lineup, giving virtually every roster member a chance to show whether or not they will see significant playing time.

“We’re young,” said Huggins. “We have so many guys used to be being The Man. We have a lot of bad habits that we need to break.”

William & Mary is led by sharpshooter Marcus Thornton, who carries a 19.3 point per game scoring average, thanks to connecting on 78 of his 193 3-point field goal attempts. Thornton seldom leaves the court as he averages more than 36 minutes per contest. Freshman Omar Prewitt has made an immediate impact on the Tribe as he is averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds per game.