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Strong second half lifts WVU over Rider 92-78

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Lamont West scored 20 points to lead West Virginia over Rider 92-78 on Wednesday night.

The Mountaineers (4-2) missed their first six shots, making just 7 of 31 shots in the first 13 minutes. Of those 31 attempts, 14 were from 3-point range.

''They have no idea how bad they hurt the team when they play out of team structure,'' WVU coach Bob Huggins said. ''We don't have Steph Curry or Kevin Durant, we got regular college guys and they try to do things they can't do and then they look like fools.''

But West and Esa Ahmad led West Virginia on a 22-8 run to close the half for a 43-36 lead. Despite the rally, the Mountaineers finished the first half shooting 33 percent, their second-worst shooting half of the season.

''(West's) just doing his job,'' Ahmad said. ''We know he was a great spot-up shooter and our guards did a good job of finding him today and he knocked them down.''

WVU opened the second half on a 13-2 run and the Broncs (2-2) were not able to cut it to single digits after that.

Ahmad added 16 points, James ''Beetle'' Bolden scored 12 and Emmit Matthews Jr had a career-high 11 for WVU. Chase Harler scored a season-high 11 points. Logan Routt led the team in rebounds with eight and Wesley Harris had seven.

Sagaba Konate missed the game with a right knee injury and is listed as day-to-day. Bolden sat the entire second half as a precautionary measure, protecting his left hand after an injury in the Mountaineers' exhibition against Penn State earlier this month.

Frederick Scott led Rider with 17 points. Dimencio Vaughn had 11 points, eight rebounds, four steals, three assists and a block.

''I didn't think we gave ourselves a chance enough,'' Rider coach Kevin Baggett. ''Just too many undisciplined things that we were doing offensively and defensively.''

BIG PICTURE

Rider was troubled by fouls, amassing 22 with 16 coming in the second half.

West Virginia has struggled with shooting early over the last couple of games, and it won't be as easy to rally late against teams like Florida and Pittsburgh next week.

STAR WATCH

Mountaineer freshman guard Jordan McCabe had a career-high eight assists, leading the team. West Virginia outscored Rider by 14 when he was on the floor.

UP NEXT

Rider has 10 days off before playing Hofstra.

West Virginia concludes its three-game homestand against Youngstown State on Saturday.

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Key Players
S. Jordan
23 G
E. Ahmad
23 F
29.2 Min. Per Game 29.2
17.0 Pts. Per Game 17.0
2.2 Ast. Per Game 2.2
5.0 Reb. Per Game 5.0
56.3 Field Goal % 50.0
50.0 Three Point % 26.7
50.0 Free Throw % 69.2
  Defensive rebound by Lamont West 9.0
  Ajiri Johnson missed free throw 9.0
  Shooting foul on Emmitt Matthews Jr. 9.0
+ 2 Ajiri Johnson made layup, assist by Jordan Allen 9.0
+ 3 Chase Harler made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brandon Knapper 26.0
+ 2 Devine Eke made jump shot 1:04
  Offensive rebound by Devine Eke 1:04
  Kimar Williams missed jump shot 1:04
  Defensive rebound by Kimar Williams 1:07
  Emmitt Matthews Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:07
  Emmitt Matthews Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:07
Team Stats
Points 78 92
Field Goals 30-66 (45.5%) 30-70 (42.9%)
3-Pointers 8-16 (50.0%) 11-30 (36.7%)
Free Throws 10-16 (62.5%) 21-33 (63.6%)
Total Rebounds 36 46
Offensive 12 17
Defensive 20 23
Team 4 6
Assists 11 21
Steals 9 9
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 15 14
Fouls 23 15
Technicals 4 1
17 PTS, 6 REB
20 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Rider 2-2 364278
home team logo West Virginia 4-2 434992
Team Stats
away team logo Rider 2-2 76.8 PPG 40.4 RPG 14.5 APG
home team logo West Virginia 4-2 73.1 PPG 43.1 RPG 13.4 APG
Key Players
13
F. Scott F 12.1 PPG 5.7 RPG 1.4 APG 46.6 FG%
15
L. West F 10.8 PPG 4.0 RPG 0.8 APG 37.9 FG%
Top Scorers
F. Scott F 17 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
L. West F 20 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
45.5 FG% 42.9
50.0 3PT FG% 36.7
62.5 FT% 63.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Jordan 13 1 3 6/8 1/2 0/0 3 29 2 0 0 0 1
J. Allen 11 2 1 4/11 3/6 0/0 0 30 2 0 3 1 1
D. Vaughn 11 8 3 4/11 1/3 2/3 1 35 4 1 2 0 8
A. Durham 10 3 1 3/8 2/2 2/2 5 24 0 0 2 1 2
T. Marshall 4 3 0 1/5 0/0 2/2 4 21 0 0 3 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Jordan 13 1 3 6/8 1/2 0/0 3 29 2 0 0 0 1
J. Allen 11 2 1 4/11 3/6 0/0 0 30 2 0 3 1 1
D. Vaughn 11 8 3 4/11 1/3 2/3 1 35 4 1 2 0 8
A. Durham 10 3 1 3/8 2/2 2/2 5 24 0 0 2 1 2
T. Marshall 4 3 0 1/5 0/0 2/2 4 21 0 0 3 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Scott 17 6 0 7/12 1/3 2/4 1 26 0 0 2 4 2
K. Williams 8 4 2 3/8 0/0 2/2 4 21 0 0 3 1 3
D. Eke 2 3 0 1/1 0/0 0/2 2 9 0 1 0 1 2
A. Johnson 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Gilbert 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Cisse 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 3 1 0 0 2 0
N. Buono - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. O'Leary - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Randall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bladen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 32 11 30/66 8/16 10/16 23 200 9 2 15 12 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Ahmad 16 7 2 6/14 1/2 3/7 3 27 3 1 3 5 2
J. Bolden 12 1 2 4/7 3/5 1/2 1 13 1 0 4 1 0
C. Harler 11 0 2 4/7 2/5 1/2 0 30 0 0 0 0 0
W. Harris 9 8 1 3/12 0/4 3/4 4 29 0 1 0 3 5
L. Routt 7 8 1 2/3 0/0 3/4 1 14 2 1 0 5 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Ahmad 16 7 2 6/14 1/2 3/7 3 27 3 1 3 5 2
J. Bolden 12 1 2 4/7 3/5 1/2 1 13 1 0 4 1 0
C. Harler 11 0 2 4/7 2/5 1/2 0 30 0 0 0 0 0
W. Harris 9 8 1 3/12 0/4 3/4 4 29 0 1 0 3 5
L. Routt 7 8 1 2/3 0/0 3/4 1 14 2 1 0 5 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. West 20 7 1 6/13 4/10 4/5 1 24 1 1 0 2 5
E. Matthews Jr. 11 3 2 3/5 0/0 5/7 2 19 0 0 0 0 3
B. Knapper 3 2 2 1/2 1/1 0/0 1 10 1 0 3 0 2
J. Haley 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 10 0 0 1 0 1
J. McCabe 1 2 8 0/4 0/2 1/2 1 18 1 0 3 1 1
A. Gordon 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 1
S. Konate - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Culver - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Horton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Doomes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 92 40 21 30/70 11/30 21/33 15 200 9 4 14 17 23