Mountaineers coast to win
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Terry Henderson and West Virginia are ready to see what the Big 12 portion of the schedule has in store for the Mountaineers.
Henderson scored a season-high 19 points and West Virginia broke out to a big lead early, coasting to an 82-45 win over William & Mary on Sunday.
Other than the game’s opening moments, the Mountaineers (8-5) showed no rust from a seven-day holiday layoff. The Mountaineers shot 49 percent (30 of 61) from the floor in their final nonconference game and will start Big 12 play at TCU on Jan. 4.
In its first meeting with William & Mary in 31 years, West Virginia opened a 21-point lead late in the first half and extended that lead to as many as 40 points in the second half.
“I knew I was due for a big game, honestly,” said Henderson, who is West Virginia’s third-leading scorer at 10 points per game. “I’ve been pretty consistent over the past few months. It felt good to break out and have a big game before the conference split and get my confidence up.”
Freshman Nathan Adrian added a season-high 16 points, Juwan Staten added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Eron Harris scored 10 for West Virginia.
William & Mary (6-5) was looking for its highest-profile win of the season but ended up with its worst shooting performance and lowest point production. The Tribe were held to 26 percent shooting (14 of 55).
The Mountaineers held a 47-31 rebounding advantage and coach Bob Huggins liked what he saw from his defense. But he was discouraged by the efforts of some players.
“It’s got to be an everyday deal,” he said. “We guarded better. We rebounded better, although we had some guys that weren’t very good. It’ll be hard for us to survive (in the Big 12) if we don’t have everybody playing pretty well.”
West Virginia led 41-24 at halftime and held William & Mary scoreless over nearly five minutes to start the second half.
Henderson scored six of West Virginia’s first eight points after halftime, and Adrian was brilliant over a 4-minute stretch that included 14 points and four 3-pointers.
Gary Browne’s layup capped a 19-6 run that extended the Mountaineers’ lead to 72-36 with 7:43 left.
Adrian said he worked hard on his jump shot after returning from the holiday break. He had scored seven points in his last four games combined.
“I’ve got my rhythm back,” Adrian said. “I’ve been working more than I usually do and obviously it helped a lot because I hit shots this game. I haven’t lately, but Huggs has been on me about getting in the gym. It’s good to listen to him.”
Ohio Wesleyan 79, Marietta College 74
DEFIANCE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University outscored Marietta College 9-4 over the final 1:43 to defeat the Pioneers 79-74 in the first round of the Defiance Purple and Gold Tournament Sunday evening. The loss drops No. 15-ranked Marietta to 8-2 on the season. The Bishops are also 8-2 overall.
Trailing most of the game, Marietta battled back to tie the game, 65-65, on a layup from Andy Stegman with 4:29 left in the game. Senior Tyler Hammond hit a three with 1:52 remaining to give the Pioneers their biggest lead of the game, 70-67.
Ohio Wesleyan answered with a trey from Nick Felhaber to knot the game at 70. A.J. Davis made one of two free throws to put the Pioneers back in front. The lead was short-lived as OWU scored the next seven points and lead 77-71. Andy Dollman made a three-pointer to cut the deficit in half, 77-74, with three ticks left on the clock. Following a timeout from each team, Marietta was forced to foul the Battling Bishops. Claude Gray went to the line and sank both free throws to seal the victory for Ohio Wesleyan.
Sophomore Eddy Grenert led the Pioneers with 12 points off the bench. Dollman and sophomore RaNeal Ewing each scored 11 points, while Hammond finished with 10 points. Davis grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.