MORGANTOWN - Deniz Kilicli scores a season high, leading the Mountaineers to a 69-59 victory over the Thundering Herd.
It is the second straight victory for West Virginia in Charleston for the Capital Classic.
Kilicli played a big role in the offensive success. He totaled 21 points by the end of night, a season high for the senior from Turkey.
It was a rough start for the Mountaineers (4-3). Early on, the team trailed by as much as seven points, but they quickly turned it around.
Marshall (6-4) gave up 13 turnovers in the first half, and had WVU in the bonus for free throws before ten minutes were played. The two factors played a big contribution to the points for the Mountaineers.
West Virginia had their best game from the free throw line at this point in the season. The group shot 80% (24-30) from the charity stripe. Coach Bob Huggins had placed an emphasis on free throw shooting, and the team seems to have responded. Eight different players sank free throws by the time the game ended.
In the second half, the teams would exchange points often, but the game would stay in WVU's favor. The biggest lead for the Mountaineers was 10 points.
Marshall would find success behind the three point line. The team shot 45% from beyond the arc, while both Elijah Pittman and D.D. Scarver each sank four by themselves.
The Herd would pull the game with in five with under two minutes in the second half, but the success from the free throw line kept a win out of reach. Marshall now has six wins and four losses on the season.
Juwan Staten scored in double-figures for the fourth straight game, he had 14 points. Next in line was starting shooting guard Jabarie Hinds with 9 points.
With less than two minutes in the game, four Mountaineers were ejected for leaving the bench during a scuffle on the floor. Hinds, Aaric Murray, Terry Henderson, and Eron Harris were all forced to leave the floor and head to the locker room.
West Virginia will play undefeated Virginia Tech this Saturday at 4:00 as the two schools renew their rivalry inside the Morgantown Coliseum.