WVU rips Robert Morris with second-half burst
College Football Videos
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia coach Bob Huggins had seen enough.
He was ticked off with his starters' focus and intensity.
So, after the Mountaineers allowed Robert Morris forward Russell Johnson to hit an uncontested 3-pointer to cut the lead to one and Huggins was forced to call a timeout 24 seconds into the second half because Darryl Bryant was left alone to inbounds the ball, Huggins sent a message.
He put in his bench, and the team responded.
West Virginia then went on a 23-4 run to break to open a close game, and the Mountaineers rolled to an 82-49 victory over Robert Morris on Tuesday at the WVU Coliseum.
"We were just so stagnant," Huggins said. "We didn't make hard cuts. We didn't pass the ball. We didn't rebound the ball. And we just stood around.
"I was kind of tired of seeing it. I told them at halftime that I was going to find someone that was going to play the way we want to play. All I said was give me five more guys, and whoever went in, went in. I looked out on the court ... and didn't know how we were going to score."
But the second unit of Deniz Kilicli, Joe Mazzulla, Jonnie West, Cam Thoroughman and Dalton Pepper took care of that. They combined to score 35 points, which provided the Mountaineers (6-2) the needed spark to put away the smaller Colonials (3-5).
"Clearly, the bigger, faster and stronger players for West Virginia continually wore down our guys," Robert Morris coach Andrew Toole said. "Obviously, their game plan was to throw it inside over and over again, and that's exactly what they did. We just didn't have much of an answer for it."
Robert Morris was able to stay close in the first half, trailing, 32-28, at halftime.
Toole said his team defended better. But he felt the Colonials' second half scoring woes affected their defense.
"I thought we stopped fighting in the second half, and that's scary for a coach," Toole said. "I think one of the trademarks of this program over the last few years is that we've always kept fighting. Once we missed some shots, we allowed our offense to dictate how we defended."
Yann Charles and Coron Williams each scored 11 points for Robert Morris, which will host Youngstown State at 7 p.m. Saturday.
"We just didn't match their intensity," Charles said. "It was frustrating once we got down in the second half. I don't think we had a letdown when they put in the second team. We just had too many breakdowns."
Three WVU starters: Casey Mitchell, Dan Jennings and Kevin Jones never saw the floor after Huggins went to his bench. Bryant and John Flowers, who each finished with 12 points, did return.
Kilicli led West Virginia with 14 points — 12 in the second half.
The return of Karon Abraham didn't go well for Robert Morris.
Abraham, who served a four-game suspension for breaking team rules, was booed by the West Virginia students every time he touched the ball, and he missed all five of his shooting attempts.
Gary Wallace (broken finger) and Lawrence Bridges (concussion) didn't dress for the Colonials.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Rutherford hits jackpot with Kessel
- Rossi: Wild Wednesday proves Steelers rule
- Penguins notebook: Rutherford proves savvy in deal
- 2B Walker, Pirates smash through Tigers pitching in road victory
- Penguins get their man in making trade with Toronto for Kessel
- Pirates notebook: Cole cool about hostile comment
- Another Lincoln Way project set to begin in White Oak
- McKeesport council approves sewage treatment plant lease
- Brewster among senators proposing new fireworks legislation
- New Kensington residents rally in support of 82-year-old robbery victim
- FBI searching for Homestead man indicted for sex trafficking in children