District basketball roundup: WVU routed at Purdue, Huggins speaks his mind
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue coach Matt Painter was shocked by how well his team played on Saturday. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was far less surprised that his team played poorly.
D.J. Byrd scored 17 points to help Purdue defeat West Virginia, 79-52, on Saturday afternoon.
The Boilermakers (10-8) led by 14 at halftime and extended their advantage to 32 with 9:29 remaining.
Eron Harris scored 10 points for West Virginia, which barely surpassed its season low of 50 points. Harris was the only Mountaineers player to reach double figures. The Mountaineers (8-9) have lost three straight and four of five.
“This is not what I've built a career on,” Huggins said. “We let them do what they want to do, throw it where they want to throw it, drive it where they want to drive it. We just do the most unexplainable things I've ever seen.”
Huggins questioned whether his players even knew how to play basketball. West Virginia shot just 29 percent from the floor, and the Mountaineers had six assists and 17 turnovers.
“We turned it over 11 times in the first half,” Huggins said. “We generally turn it over 11 times in a game. And they were bad turnovers. They were turnovers that lead to baskets.”
Purdue shot 49 percent from the field and outrebounded the Mountaineers, 44-34.
Huggins said he wished he had some of Purdue's well-coached players on his team.
“Just give me seven or eight,” he said. “I don't care which seven or eight, but seven or eight guys that will digest the scouting report and that will do what they are asked to do, that will pass the ball.”
Nebraska 68, Penn State 64 — In University Park, Shavon Shields scored a career-high 29 points, Ray Gallegos had 15 points and Nebraska held off Penn State.
Penn State trailed by three points with 24 seconds left before Nebraska's Brandon Ubel was called for a flagrant foul on D.J. Newbill.
The foul gave Penn State two extra free throws.
Newbill made one of two free throws, and Ross Travis missed the next two from the line.
Newbill failed to convert on two more free throws in the final 14 seconds, helping the Huskers (10-9, 1-5 Big Ten) escape with the victory.
No. 1 Baylor 76, West Virginia 58 — In Waco, Texas, Brittney Griner had her 50th career double-double while just missing a triple-double, scoring 26 points with 15 rebounds and nine blocked shots.
Odyssey Sims had 15 points and seven assists for Baylor (16-1, 6-0 Big 12), which won its record 28th consecutive regular-season conference game.
Marquette 74, Pitt 65 — Marquette forward Katherine Plouffe had 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Golden Eagles (10-7, 2-2 Big East) defeated the Panthers at Petersen Events Center.
Plouffe, a 6-foot-3 junior, finished with in 23 minutes.
Junior Brianna Kiesel scored a game-high 18 points for Pitt (9-8, 0-4), which has lost 24 consecutive regular-season Big East games.
The Panthers host No. 2 Notre Dame on Wednesday. “I'm glad they're coming to our house,” Pitt coach Agnus Berenato said.
“We like our house. They're a great team and we look forward to playing the Irish.”
Quinnipiac 61, Robert Morris 52 — Junior forward Artemis Spanou posted 14 points and 20 rebounds to tie the RMU record for career double-doubles.
The Colonials (3-13, 2-3) fell to Quinnipiac (14-2, 5-0) at Sewall Center.