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Mountaineers Ruin Nichols’ Homecoming, Cruise Past Radford

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.- In a non-conference matchup against Radford, West Virginia was able to cruise past a Darris Nichols-coached Radford 67-51.

Nichols, a former WVU guard (2005-08), was coaching the Highlanders (4-5) in his first season as a head coach.

WVU’s (7-1) starting guard Sean McNeil missed the game with a lower back injury. Freshman Kobe Johnson made his first career start with West Virginia in McNeil’s place.

In the first half, Taz Sherman took over the game, scoring at all levels; he had 21 points at the end of the first half.

Sherman finished with another great scoring performance, this time with 27 points. The fifth-year senior is now averaging 21.0 points per game through eight appearances.

Head coach Bob Huggins was not pleased with the offensive rebounding in the first half. At one point, he pulled the first five players he saw off the bench and subbed them into the game.

In the final seconds of the first half, Sherman capped off his play with a three-pointer at the buzzer. West Virginia went into the half with a 42-24 lead over the Highlanders.

Out of halftime, West Virginia’s offense took it up a notch. Sherman didn’t miss a beat, scoring four points in the first few minutes in the second half.

A Jalen Bridges three-pointer extended the lead to 24 points with 17 minutes left.

Huggins and his staff were able to play all 15 members of the basketball team on Saturday. Even freshmen Jamel King and James Okonkwo, who will most likely redshirt this season, saw the court at the Coliseum tonight.

Okonkwo took advantage of the opportunity, scoring his first career points as a Mountaineer. He helped West Virginia cruise to a seventh season win, 67-51.

The Mountaineers will stay at home for the next few days when they host No. 17 UConn for the Big East-Big 12 Battle on Dec. 8. WVU and UConn will tip-off on Wednesday night, at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

(Top Photo: Julia Mellett / 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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