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Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Mississippi State Game Recap

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Arnett Moultrie led all scorers with 21 points while leading No. 24 Mississippi State to a 75-62 victory over West Virginia on Saturday night.

Moultrie also had 12 rebounds.

The Bulldogs held the Mountaineers to 11 percent shooting from 3-point range, and West Virginia fell to 4-2 on the season.

 "This is frustrating, because I really thought we could come in here and win, and we didn't," said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins.

Senior forward and leading scorer Kevin Jones was in foul trouble throughout the game and forced Huggins to play Jones sparingly.

"The truth is, Kevin Jones can't get in foul trouble, he did. Kevin can't go 0-of-6 from three, he did," Huggins said. "Those are things we're not good enough to overcome."

In its first road test of the season, West Virginia started slowly. Turnovers and poor shooting allowed Mississippi State to jump out to an early 10-4 lead.

The Mountaineers trailed 19-13 when Kevin Jones picked up his second foul with 11 minutes remaining in the first half.

During Jones' stint on the bench, the Bulldogs extended their lead to 25-15 behind great play from guard Dee Bost.

However, Jones reentered the game with eight minutes remaining in the half, scored five points and immediately sparked a 7-0 West Virginia run.

Jones picked up his third foul later in the first half.

But, the Mountaineers were able to overcome the slow start, and only trailed Mississippi State 34-32 at the half.

West Virginia was forced to start the second half with Jones on the bench.

"When you have some of those freshmen in too long, they get tired and they maybe can't fight through things that Kevin (Jones) could."

The Mountaineers once again performed well with Jones in foul trouble. They kept the game close because of solid play from junior forward Deniz Kililci.

Kilicli's layup with 10 minutes left to play tied the game at 50 apiece.

Jones picked up his fourth foul with eight minutes remaining.

Mississippi State took advantage. The Bulldogs went on a 17-7 run and led 67-57 with 2:13 left to play in the game.

The run by the home team proved to be too much to overcome for the young Mountaineers.

"We can't not do right and win. We had chances," Huggins said. "We just have to get better, and that's my job to make sure they get better."

Freshmen Pat Forsythe and Kevin Noreen both provided a spark off the bench for the Mountaineers inside.

West Virginia had its best game from the free-thrown line on Saturday. The Mountaineers were 14-of-20.

West Virginia as a team struggled offensively. With only 6 assists on 23 field goals, it was apparent the visitors failed to establish any rhythm.

"We didn't pass the ball," Huggins said. "When you keep it on one side of the floor, even bad teams have help."

"You can't continue to the same kind of things and be successful," Huggins said. "We just got to do a better job of running an offense."

Senior guard Truck Bryant had a rough shooting night. Bryant finished 5-of-15 from the floor.

"KJ and Truck have to become for consistent for us, they have to do more things right," Huggins said. "They have to do it all the time. The other guys are going to screw things up."

Next Thursday night, West Virginia will travel to Wichita, Kan. to take on Kansas State

Coach Huggins knows his work will be cut out for him.

"In the meantime, we've got to get a whole lot better," he said.


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