The WVU men’s basketball team moves to 4-0 after taking a 69-44 victory over Boston University in the Cancun Challenge behind another double-double from Oscar Tshiebwe.
West Virginia started fast and never looked back. The Mountaineers jumped out to a 20-5 lead in the first nine minutes, led by Tshiebwe and Jermaine Haley.
That didn’t knock the Terriers right out, though. Walter Whyte boosted the Terriers to cut into their deficit, finding his jump shot early on. He would finish the contest with 13 points and 6 rebounds.
The Terriers’ run coincided with a West Virginia cold streak, but the Mountaineers would eventually take the lead into the locker room at 13 points.
Gabe Osabuohien made his debut in a Mountaineer uniform to an ovation from the WVU faithful. His first didn’t exactly get rave reviews from his coach, though.
“Well, he was really bad today,” said WVU coach Bob Huggins. “I think he went too fast, he was too anxious I think. But you know, you kind of expect that.”
The second half would start even faster for West Virginia, jumping out to a 12-0 run off the break. This sparked a strong second half for the Mountaineers, where they cruised 33-21 in the period to hold on for a victory.
Tshiebwe would add 12 points in the half, notching his total up to 21. He finished with a double-double, grabbing 10 rebounds in the effort.
“Last game I didn’t do really good, but coach told me, ‘You’ve got to slow the game down. You have potential, you’re big, you’re strong, you’re fast, you can score on anyone, you gotta just slow down,'” he said. “So that’s why today, I tried to slow a little bit down, and that’s why I played a little bit good.”
Derek Culver returned to the starting lineup for West Virginia, chipping in 10 points and 4 rebounds before he faced foul trouble.
According to Coach Huggins, his squad still has a lot of work to do.
“They’re still getting in each other’s way,” he said.