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Jalen Bridges Doesn’t Recognize Himself, Looks to Fix it



MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – In a 56-53 victory over the No. 15 UConn Huskies, WVU forward Jalen Bridges finished with three points, on 1-of-3 shooting from the field. The only shot Bridges hit against Connecticut was a big one, as it cut the deficit to a one-possession game with nine minutes remaining.

The sophomore from Fairmont, W.Va. has not scored in double figures since Nov. 19, against Marquette. Bridges numbers are up from last season, as he is averaging 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 block through nine games.

Taz Sherman’s mother, La Trice, tried to encourage Bridges on Twitter to find his old self. Bridges responded to La Trice and told her that he doesn’t recognize himself and that he’s going to fix it.

Bridges has gone quiet at times in games, only taking a few shots a game, usually a corner three-point shot. The West Virginia native has shown to be aggressive on offense before, scoring in double-figures eight times in his two seasons playing for WVU.

The Mountaineers need that consistent third option behind Sherman and Sean McNeil. Sherman has lead the team in scoring 7-out-of-9 games this season. When the fifth-year senior on the off chance has a poor scoring game, who’s going to step up for West Virginia?

Obviously, McNeil has proven to score in double-figures consistently but the team needs Bridges to step up and get comfortable with the role as third option.

(Top Photo: Kelsie LeRose / WVSN)

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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