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Mountaineers win game one in Spain

Schuyler Callihan



Photo courtesy WVU Athletics Communications

Today, kicked off the West Virginia basketball teams international tour in Spain as they faced off against the Madrid All-Stars. The Mountaineers won by a final of 97-69.

Sophomore Emmitt Matthews Jr. led the team with 17 points (7-14) to go along with 7 rebounds. Seniors Chase Harler (14 points, 3 rebounds) and Logan Routt (16 points, 8 rebounds) stepped up big in the teams win. This is a pleasant sign for head coach Bob Huggins to have a guy like Routt to produce, giving the Mountaineers more depth in the front court.

Some newcomers also had a strong showing as freshman guard Miles McBride finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists and junior college transfer Sean McNeil went 3/8 from behind the arc finishing with 11 points. Big man Derek Culver totaled 10 points and 6 boards.

Head coach Bob Huggins was very pleased with the teams outing. “Some good things and some bad things. We’re not guarding the ball yet the way we need to guard the ball. We didn’t rebound it as capable we are of rebounding it and turned it over too much, but we can make shots,” he stated. “[Miles] “Deuce” McBride I thought was really good. He gives us size at the guard position, he gives us strength and toughness that we haven’t had in a while. He’s got an opportunity, I think to be a special guy.”

The teams second game will be Wednesday in Valencia to take on the Valencia Basketball Academy.

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