West Virginia Limps Through Stony Brook in Final Game Before Break, 75-64
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia failed to wake up and get anything going against Stony Brook on Thursday night. Despite the off-performance, WVU defeated the Seawolves 75-64.
With just 10 minutes left in the game, West Virginia (10-2) led 49-39 over Stony Brook (4-9) after a slow start. Guards Joe Toussaint and Seth Wilson connected on a combined 3-three’s to give the Mountaineers more breathing room.
As a team, West Virginia shot 42 percent from the field and 42 percent from three.
WVU G Kedrian “Keddy” Johnson connected on a mid-range jump shot to end West Virginia’s first half scoring drought. Johnson had 12 first half points, which was pivotal during the period.
West Virginia’s first half offense was abysmal compared to what they’ve shown all season. The Mountaineers shot 10-of-29 (34 percent) in the opening frame. WVU scored two points in 7:20 minutes of play in a big scoring drought.
Leading scorer Erik Stevenson finished with an all-around game with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.
So far this season, West Virginia has struggled at times taking care of the ball. On Thursday night WVU committed eight turnovers and scored 20 points off of Stony Brook’s 14 turnovers.
West Virginia shot 18-of-21 from the free throw line.
WVU F Emmitt Matthews missed the second-consecutive game with a left knee injury. Matthews sustained the injury early in the UAB game on Dec. 10 and missed the Buffalo game last Sunday. Matthews is averaging 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists through 10 games and will look to return next Saturday against Kansas State.
Sophomore guard Kobe Johnson started for the injured Matthews. Johnson finished with five points and three rebounds.
West Virginia completes their traditional non-conference schedule 10-2. WVU has quality wins over UAB, Florida and Pitt with their two losses coming to No. 1 Purdue and Xavier. West Virginia has one last non-conference game on Jan. 28 when they host Auburn for the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
West Virginia’s players will have a four-day break given by head coach Bob Huggins. The Mountaineers will prepare for Kansas State and head to Manhattan, KS. on Dec. 31. West Virginia and KSU will tip off at 7 p.m. on ESPN+.