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Culver's double-double leads WVU over Lehigh 78-68

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Derek Culver came off the bench to score 11 points and grab 11 rebounds for his first career double-double and West Virginia beat Lehigh 69-59 on Sunday.

In only his second game in a Mountaineers uniform, Culver's pair of layups late in the game proved to be the difference in the win for WVU (8-4).

''Derek was Derek,'' West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. ''He could be an elite rebounder; I don't think there is any doubt about that. His strength, his athleticism and he's got good hands. I think he could be an elite rebounder.''

After a tightly played first 30 minutes and poor shooting by both teams, Culver scored nine second-half points to lift the Mountaineers to victory. Esa Ahmad and Beetle Bolden created opportunities which allowed WVU to pull away in the last five minutes.

''I'm blessed with the best coaching staff in the nation in my eyes,'' said Culver, whom Huggins suspended earlier this season. ''I feel like they put me in a really good position to be able to get this double-double. I kind of got to give it to them.''

Bolden led the Mountaineers with 22 points, Ahmad scored 21 points and Wesley Harris added 10 points.

West Virginia outrebounded Lehigh 52-25, including a 22-3 difference on the offensive glass. That led to a 30-2 WVU advantage in second chance points. Overall, the Mountaineers shot 41.5 percent from the field.

Pat Andree led the Mountain Hawks (7-4) with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Jordan Cohen added 14 points and Kyle Leufroy scored 12 points.

''We knew that we'd play a team that was going to be tough and does a good job even at a national level rebounding the basketball,'' Lehigh coach Brett Reed said.

Andree, Cohen and James Karnik each nabbed four rebounds for Lehigh.

BIG PICTURE

Lehigh: After a pretty chalk non-conference season, with losses to Miami, Kansas State, Yale and West Virginia, the Mountain Hawks head into Patriot League as one of the favorites (along with Colgate) and start off against rival Lafayette.

West Virginia: Four of the Mountaineers' worst shooting performances have come in the last five games. With No. 11 Texas Tech, Texas and Kansas State on the horizon and defensive presence Sagaba Konate out with a knee injury, it could be a long, cold winter in Morgantown.

KEY STARTER

WVU freshman guard Jordan McCabe made his first start for the Gold and Blue after showing signs of improvement over the month of December.

''It was a great opportunity,'' McCabe said. ''We worked hard, all of us throughout the week during practice. We're in a state right now where everybody is fighting for minutes constantly. So, it felt good to run out there for the first time.''

He played 12 minutes, scoring five points in a two-for-six shooting effort and grabbed three rebounds.

KEY ABSENCE

The key player missing for West Virginia was defensive leader Sagaba Konate who has missed the last three games (and four of the last seven) for the Mountaineers due to a knee injury and will sit out for another one to three weeks, according to WVU.

Over the eight games he has played in, he has 22 blocks on the season, even setting the program's career-record in a nine block effort against Pittsburgh. He also has six steals and averages 13.6 points and eight rebounds per game.

UP NEXT

Lehigh returns home to begin Patriot League action against archrival Lafayette on Tuesday.

West Virginia will host No. 11 Texas Tech in a Big 12 opener on Tuesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Shot clock violation turnover on West Virginia 0.0
+ 3 Jordan Cohen made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marques Wilson 29.0
  Defensive rebound by Marques Wilson 39.0
  James Bolden missed 2nd of 2 free throws 39.0
+ 1 James Bolden made 1st of 2 free throws 39.0
  Personal foul on Marques Wilson 39.0
  Offensive rebound by James Bolden 1:02
  Esa Ahmad missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:04
  Defensive rebound by James Bolden 1:33
  Lance Tejada missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:33
+ 1 Lance Tejada made 1st of 2 free throws 1:33
Team Stats
Points 68 78
Field Goals 24-55 (43.6%) 27-65 (41.5%)
3-Pointers 9-21 (42.9%) 10-29 (34.5%)
Free Throws 11-15 (73.3%) 14-23 (60.9%)
Total Rebounds 25 52
Offensive 3 21
Defensive 22 29
Team 0 2
Assists 14 17
Steals 6 4
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 8 11
Fouls 21 14
Technicals 0 1
18 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
22 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo Lehigh 7-4 343468
home team logo West Virginia 8-4 384078
Team Stats
away team logo Lehigh 7-4 80.0 PPG 38.5 RPG 15.2 APG
home team logo West Virginia 8-4 73.1 PPG 43.1 RPG 13.4 APG
Key Players
31
P. Andree F 12.9 PPG 6.2 RPG 1.7 APG 45.2 FG%
3
J. Bolden G 12.2 PPG 2.6 RPG 2.5 APG 40.9 FG%
Top Scorers
P. Andree F 18 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
J. Bolden G 22 PTS 8 REB 5 AST
43.6 FG% 41.5
42.9 3PT FG% 34.5
73.3 FT% 60.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Andree 18 4 1 7/16 4/9 0/0 1 29 0 0 2 0 4
J. Cohen 14 4 3 5/7 2/2 2/3 2 33 2 2 3 0 4
K. Leufroy 12 3 4 4/10 1/2 3/3 1 35 2 0 1 0 3
L. Tejada 10 1 4 3/9 2/6 2/5 2 26 1 0 1 1 0
J. Karnik 4 4 0 1/3 0/0 2/2 4 25 0 0 1 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Andree 18 4 1 7/16 4/9 0/0 1 29 0 0 2 0 4
J. Cohen 14 4 3 5/7 2/2 2/3 2 33 2 2 3 0 4
K. Leufroy 12 3 4 4/10 1/2 3/3 1 35 2 0 1 0 3
L. Tejada 10 1 4 3/9 2/6 2/5 2 26 1 0 1 1 0
J. Karnik 4 4 0 1/3 0/0 2/2 4 25 0 0 1 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Bennett 4 2 1 1/2 0/0 2/2 0 13 0 0 0 1 1
J. Wilson 4 2 0 2/5 0/1 0/0 3 10 0 0 0 0 2
M. Wilson 2 2 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 3 18 1 0 0 1 1
N. Lynch 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 5 11 0 0 0 0 3
J. Lieb - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wolf - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Acoveno - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Porter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Foley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Roelke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Farrell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 25 14 24/55 9/21 11/15 21 200 6 2 8 3 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Ahmad 21 9 1 7/16 2/5 5/6 1 33 0 1 2 4 5
W. Harris 10 5 1 4/8 2/4 0/0 2 27 0 1 1 1 4
J. McCabe 5 3 2 2/6 1/2 0/0 2 12 1 0 1 1 2
C. Harler 3 1 4 1/5 1/4 0/0 1 23 0 0 0 0 1
L. Routt 2 5 0 1/2 0/0 0/2 0 10 1 0 1 3 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Ahmad 21 9 1 7/16 2/5 5/6 1 33 0 1 2 4 5
W. Harris 10 5 1 4/8 2/4 0/0 2 27 0 1 1 1 4
J. McCabe 5 3 2 2/6 1/2 0/0 2 12 1 0 1 1 2
C. Harler 3 1 4 1/5 1/4 0/0 1 23 0 0 0 0 1
L. Routt 2 5 0 1/2 0/0 0/2 0 10 1 0 1 3 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bolden 22 8 5 7/14 4/8 4/5 2 32 1 0 1 4 4
D. Culver 11 11 1 4/6 0/0 3/7 2 19 0 1 1 6 5
L. West 2 4 0 0/5 0/4 2/3 0 14 0 1 1 1 3
J. Haley 2 1 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 11 1 0 1 0 1
B. Knapper 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 7 0 0 1 0 0
E. Matthews Jr. 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 0 0 1
A. Gordon 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 1 1 1 1
S. Konate - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Horton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Doomes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 50 17 27/65 10/29 14/23 14 200 4 5 11 21 29