The Mountaineers advanced to the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge Championship Game after defeating the Old Dominion Monarchs, 78-60.
Four players reached double figures in the scoring department for WVU. Sophomore guard Eron Harris led the way for the Mountaineers with 19 points in the victory over the Monarchs. Terry Henderson finished with 14, Juwan Staten with 13 and Devin Williams with 12. Staten also finished with nine assists, one shy of a double-double. Staten is the first player since Tim Lyles in 2001 to finish with nine assists in three or more games. Coach Bob Huggins had this to say after the game, according to the university's official website.
"Juanny was really good again tonight," said Huggins.
Williams got his second consecutive double-double on Tuesday night by recording 12 points and 10 rebounds against Old Dominion.
In the first half, both teams got off to a sloppy start, but the Mountaineers took an early 10-7 lead six minutes into the game. WVU opened up the game with a 12-2 run over the next four minutes, and had a 22-9 lead at this point. The 13-point lead did not last long, as the Monarchs responded by cutting the lead to three, 26-23. After Old Dominion worked hard to cut the lead, WVU would put together a 10-1 run to close out the first half, taking a 36-24 lead into halftime.
After the break, it was all Mountaineers. WVU extended the lead up to 25 with six minutes left in the game, and went on to win by a final of 78-60.
The Mountaineers shot the ball well on Tuesday night, finishing 56 percent (28-50) from the field. On defense, WVU held Old Dominion to 39 percent (23-59) for the game.
Both teams struggled from the free throw line. WVU finished 64 percent (14-22) from the line while the Monarchs shot 41 percent (9-22) at the line.
In the rebounding department, Old Dominion won the battle by seven, 35-28. The Monarchs grabbed 16 offensive rebounds compared to seven for the Mountaineers. Huggins said after the game his team has to rebound better.
"Just think what we could do if we could get a defensive rebound," said Huggins. "We keep giving up a dozen or more and we're not going to be able to keep doing that. We can do that and make some shots and win, but we can't keep doing that against good people. That's what we continue to harp on them."
The Mountaineers advance to play the winner of St. Louis and Wisconsin in the Triple Crown Cancun Classic Championship on Wednesday night.