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West Virginia’s Shooting Carries Them to Victory Over Bellarmine

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In a non-conference matchup against the Bellarmine Knights, West Virginia ran away with a 74-55 win, shooting 48 percent from the field.

If you were present to watch Bellarmine (2-6) shoot around, it was no surprise that they came out of the gates with a lot of energy.

Sean McNeil started the game with two-straight field goals. It seemed like the former Bellarmine player was ready to have a breakout game against his former team. It wasn’t a breakout game, but a very good game for the Kentucky native.

McNeil finished with 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. McNeil’s 2-three’s against the Knights were made in the second half.

The Knights took a 12-11 lead with 12:10 in the first half. This was the only lead that Bellarmine had all game.

West Virginia’s (6-1) Gabe Osabuohien, Malik Curry, Dimon Carrigan and Pauly Paulicap brought the production off the bench. The bench scored a combined 28 points on Tuesday.

Osabuohien did get into foul trouble early-on during the first half. The fifth-year forward only played one minute in the first half after committing two fouls.

Taz Sherman led West Virginia in the first half with 11 points, on 4-of-6 shooting. Sherman helped lead a WVU team to shoot 59 percent in the first half.

WVU led at halftime with a 37-30 lead over the Knights.

Out of the locker room, West Virginia started on an 8-1 run. WVU played with more energy in the second half, as shown with a great transition play by Osabuohien, Curry and Paulicap.

A three-point shot by Kobe Johnson gave West Virginia a 71-43 lead with five minutes left in the game.

WVU ended up closing out the Knights, cruising to a 74-55 victory.

West Virginia won their third rebounding contest this season, out-rebounding the Knights 41-31.

Sherman led West Virginia in points with 18. The Texas native had three assists and shot 7-of-12 from the field.

Other notable scorers were McNeil (14), Curry (9) and Jalen Bridges (8).

The Mountaineers will take a few days off until they welcome Radford, who is now coached by former WVU guard Darris Nichols. West Virginia and Radford will tip-off on Saturday, at 4 p.m., inside the WVU Coliseum. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN+.

(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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