Basketball season is back in Morgantown as the WVU men’s hoops squad hosts the Oakland Golden Bears. Stop here for updates as the game unfolds.
- Jalen Moore
- Jamal Cain
- Micah Parrish
- Trey Townsend
- Chris Conway
WEST VIRGINIA STARTERS
- Kedrian Johnson
- Taz Sherman
- Sean McNeil
- Jalen Bridges
- Isaiah Cottrell
FINAL: West Virginia defeats Oakland to start the season, 60-53.
2:56 (OAK 47, WVU 57): It is of note that Gabe Osabuohien has drawn more charges (4) than fouls he’s committed (2).
7:56 (OAK 38, WVU 51): Sherman and McNeil are the first Mountaineers in double figures but McNeil has done it in noticeably fewer tries. Regardless, they’re both leading the WVU offense still, while Jalen Bridges has added seven points this half.
10:55 (OAK 36, WVU 50): The Taz Sherman-Sean McNeil dynamic duo flashed some real skill in this stretch, giving WVU an 8-0 run to help build the lead. The Mountaineer offense looks much-improved in the second half, as they’ve made more than half their shots, while gaining 10 points from Oakland turnovers.
14:43 (OAK 31, WVU 40): Oakland’s Jamal Cain dunked a quick bucket for the Golden Bears, but the Mountaineers took off for an 11-4 run. Momentum is in favor of WVU, as it has made 6 of its first 10 second-half buckets.
HALF: West Virginia takes a four-point lead into the locker room after finishing the half on a 14-5 run. The Mountaineers lead 27-23.
5:32 (OAK 18, WVU 20): The Mountaineers are putting together a run, taking the lead right back. Gabe Osabuohien is standing out with his effort — he has just four points, but his defensive game garnered himself an ovation as he got back to the bench.
10:30 (OAK 16, WVU 13): West Virginia has found its stride a little more, making three of its last six in the last four minutes. It’s not enough to cut into the Oakland lead, however, as they keep picking up some easy buckets. New faces are getting in the box score for the Mountaineers — Dimon Carrigan has two points and two blocks, while Cottrell has three points and two boards (Cottrell’s teammates still call him “new,” so he counts).
15:12 (OAK 9, WVU 5): After a game-opening and-one by Isaiah Cottrell (his first official points since suffering a season-ending injury), Oakland goes on a 9-point run to swing the game in their favor. WVU missed six straight shots after Cottrell’s make, but Taz Sherman broke the streak to earn an and-one. He’s at the line now.
West Virginia wins the opening tip. We are underway.