PORTLAND — West Virginia completed their PK85 tournament weekend with a blowout win over Florida, 84-55. WVU finishes fifth place in the Phil Knight Legacy bracket.
West Virginia (6-1) came out of halftime leading by eight. Within the first five minutes of the second half, WVU opened the flood gates as Florida (4-3) had no answer. West Virginia’s 20-2 second half run was capped off by a Mohamed Wague dunk.
Mountaineers led the game for 37 out of 40 minutes.
West Virginia’s offense had another consistent game, shooting 43 percent from the field.
WVU F Tre Mitchell has had a rough week, playing through a stomach bug in the PK85 event. Bob Huggins mentioned that some of his players were throwing up before and during the Purdue game. In his last two games, Mitchell has been a key factor to the offense scoring consistently. Mitchell finished Sunday night with a team-high of 17 points.
In the first half, West Virginia was able to draw fouls and get to the free throw line with ease. The Mountaineers were in the bonus with 13 minutes left in the half. WVU finished with a 73 free-throw percentage against the Gators.
Just before the first media timeout of the game, WVU G Erik Stevenson connected on a transition three to give West Virginia a 12-8 lead. Stevenson ended the game with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and seven rebounds.
Back when the two met in the 2020-21 season, Florida F Colin Castleton had 21 points as the Gators won in Morgantown. Castleton, the leading scorer for UF, finished with just three points.
Notable scorers for WVU: Mitchell (17), Stevenson (15) and Emmitt Matthews (13).
West Virginia finishes the PK85 tournament with a 2-1 record. During their time in Portland, West Virginia lost to the eventual champions in Purdue in the first round. On Friday, the team bounced back and defeated Portland State 89-71.
The Mountaineers will travel to Cincinnati next Saturday to take on Xavier at the Cintas Center. WVU and Xavier will tip-off at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports One.
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