Mountaineer cagers to host Tribe Sunday in Charleston

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia will return to the hardwood Sunday at the Charleston Civic Center against William &?Mary.

Game time is set for 3 p.m. and will serve as the Mountaineers’ final non-conference game before Big 12 action begins on Thursday at TCU.

West Virginia has been idle since falling to Purdue Sunday at the Coliseum by a count of 73-70.

“We lost because we gave up too many layups to the other team,” Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins said. “If we would have made them shoot jump shots instead of layups, … we probably would have won the game.”

Huggins also was critical of his team’s inside play.

“We don’t rebound the basketball the way we need to rebound the basketball,” Huggins said.

“We don’t finish it around the goal, and it’s hard when you don’t finish it around the goal.”

The Mountaineers (7-5) currently have four players averaging in double figures, led by sophomore guard Eron Harris at 19 points per game.

He is followed by junior guard Juwan Staten (16.4), sophomore guard Terry Henderson (10.3) and freshman forward Devin Williams (10.1).

Staten also has dished out a team-high 76 assists and Williams is tops in rebounding with 7.9 per game.

W&M (6-4) has won five of its last games and has been off since defeating Goucher, 94-60, on Dec. 20.

Junior guard Marcus Thornton tops the Tribe in scoring with 19.3 points per outing, followed by freshman guard/forward Omar Prewitt (15.0) and 6-foot-9 senior forward Tim Rusthoven (13.1).

This will be the first meeting between the old Southern Conference rivals since 1982.

West Virginia holds a 36-9 advantage in the all-time series.

The schools also met on the football field this season with the Mountaineers escaping with a 24-17 victory.