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West Virginia beats Monmouth 71-53

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Esa Ahmad had 16 points on Thursday night and Sagaba Konate added 14 with eight rebounds and four blocks to help West Virginia beat Monmouth 71-53 in the opening round of the Myrtle Beach Invitational.

The Mountaineers (1-1) will play Western Kentucky in the semifinals Friday.

Konate completed a 3-point play to spark a 13-4 run over the final six minutes of the first half that gave West Virginia a five-point lead at the break. Mustapha Traore made a layup and his dunk 28 seconds later trimmed Monmouth's deficit to 41-39 with 15 minutes to play but the Mountaineers scored the next nine points to spark a 25-6 run that pushed their lead to 66-45 with less than two minutes remaining. The Hawks committed six turnovers and shot just 1 of 12 from the field during that span.

Deion Hammond led Monmouth (0-4) with 10 points. The Hawks are off to their worst start since losing their first eight games of the 2011-12 season.

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Key Players
N. Rutherford
5 G
E. Ahmad
23 F
36.0 Min. Per Game 36.0
15.0 Pts. Per Game 15.0
3.0 Ast. Per Game 3.0
7.0 Reb. Per Game 7.0
35.7 Field Goal % 45.5
25.0 Three Point % 14.3
50.0 Free Throw % 66.7
+ 3 Nick Rutherford made 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
+ 2 Andrew Gordon made layup 17.0
  Defensive rebound by Emmitt Matthews Jr. 32.0
  Dave Calloway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 34.0
  Defensive rebound by Nick Rutherford 47.0
  Emmitt Matthews Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 49.0
  Defensive rebound by Emmitt Matthews Jr. 1:01
  Sam Ibiezugbe missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:01
+ 1 Sam Ibiezugbe made 1st of 2 free throws 1:01
  Personal foul on Andrew Gordon 1:01
  Defensive rebound by Monmouth 1:01
Team Stats
Points 53 71
Field Goals 18-51 (35.3%) 21-46 (45.7%)
3-Pointers 7-18 (38.9%) 6-23 (26.1%)
Free Throws 10-18 (55.6%) 23-37 (62.2%)
Total Rebounds 32 39
Offensive 10 7
Defensive 19 22
Team 3 10
Assists 13 13
Steals 10 8
Blocks 2 8
Turnovers 18 18
Fouls 29 19
Technicals 1 1
10 PTS, 1 AST
16 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Monmouth 0-4 312253
home team logo West Virginia 1-1 363571
Team Stats
away team logo Monmouth 0-4 65.3 PPG 35.1 RPG 10.8 APG
home team logo West Virginia 1-1 73.1 PPG 43.1 RPG 13.4 APG
Key Players
3
D. Hammond G 11.8 PPG 2.1 RPG 0.9 APG 38.1 FG%
23
E. Ahmad F 12.0 PPG 5.8 RPG 1.8 APG 46.2 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Hammond G 10 PTS 0 REB 1 AST
E. Ahmad F 16 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
35.3 FG% 45.7
38.9 3PT FG% 26.1
55.6 FT% 62.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Hammond 10 0 1 3/8 2/5 2/4 3 24 0 0 1 0 0
N. Rutherford 9 4 7 3/8 1/2 2/4 2 36 5 0 6 0 4
L. Pillari 8 5 3 3/9 2/6 0/1 3 31 1 1 4 1 4
M. Traore 6 1 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 14 1 0 0 1 0
R. Salnave 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 5 10 0 0 4 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Hammond 10 0 1 3/8 2/5 2/4 3 24 0 0 1 0 0
N. Rutherford 9 4 7 3/8 1/2 2/4 2 36 5 0 6 0 4
L. Pillari 8 5 3 3/9 2/6 0/1 3 31 1 1 4 1 4
M. Traore 6 1 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 14 1 0 0 1 0
R. Salnave 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 5 10 0 0 4 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Papas 6 2 1 1/5 1/3 3/5 1 24 2 0 0 0 2
N. Rutty 4 4 0 1/1 0/0 2/2 2 11 0 1 1 2 2
D. Calloway Jr. 3 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
D. Quinn 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 8 0 0 1 1 2
M. Martin 2 3 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 18 1 0 0 1 2
S. Ibiezugbe 1 2 0 0/3 0/0 1/2 1 7 0 0 0 1 1
T. Gross Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. McClary 0 2 1 0/3 0/0 0/0 3 8 0 0 0 2 0
S. Chaput 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 1 0 0
M. James Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 53 29 13 18/51 7/18 10/18 29 200 10 2 18 10 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Ahmad 16 3 2 5/9 1/3 5/7 4 22 1 1 5 2 1
S. Konate 14 8 3 4/11 1/5 5/7 2 26 1 4 3 1 7
J. Bolden 9 3 3 3/8 0/5 3/5 3 27 2 0 2 0 3
C. Harler 5 2 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 1 33 0 3 0 1 1
L. West 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 22 1 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Ahmad 16 3 2 5/9 1/3 5/7 4 22 1 1 5 2 1
S. Konate 14 8 3 4/11 1/5 5/7 2 26 1 4 3 1 7
J. Bolden 9 3 3 3/8 0/5 3/5 3 27 2 0 2 0 3
C. Harler 5 2 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 1 33 0 3 0 1 1
L. West 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 22 1 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. McCabe 9 3 0 2/3 2/3 3/4 1 16 0 0 1 0 3
L. Routt 5 1 0 2/2 0/0 1/4 2 9 0 0 0 1 0
W. Harris 5 4 1 1/2 1/2 2/2 3 20 3 0 2 1 3
J. Haley 4 2 0 1/1 0/0 2/4 1 12 0 0 1 1 1
A. Gordon 3 0 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 2 6 0 0 0 0 0
T. Horton 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
B. Knapper 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
E. Matthews Jr. 0 2 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 2
D. Culver - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Doomes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 29 13 21/46 6/23 23/37 19 200 8 8 18 7 22