FINAL: St. John’s holds on to beat West Virginia, 70-68

WVU Basketball

West Virginia men’s basketball is rehashing memories of a Big East clash with St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. The undefeated Mountaineers have the chance to get off to their best start since the 2009-2010 season.

Nick Farrell and Anjelica Trinone are in New York City providing updates from the game, and check back here as we will have updates as the game unfolds.

2ND HALF:

FINAL: St. John’s holds on to take the victory at home, 70-68.

0:05 (WVU 68, St. John’s 70): Derek Culver is called for a foul, and Rasheem Dunn heads to the line and makes both shots.

0:16.5 (WVU 68, St. John’s 68): St. John’s has the ball on a timeout with just seconds to go.

1:13 (WVU 68, St. John’s 68): Deuce McBride gets the steal and finds a wide open Sean McNeil to tie the game up from deep. Dead even at the Garden.

1:31 (WVU 65, St. John’s 68): Derek Culver heads to the line and makes 1 of 2 — he is now 2-of-6 from the line. He has 13 points and 17 rebounds on the night as he cuts the Red Storm lead to a possession.

5:07 (WVU 59, St. John’s 65): The Mountaineers aren’t giving up without a fight. They’ve forced 12 turnovers in the second half, but only 2 points have come from them.

13:00 (WVU 43, St. John’s 52): St. John’s gets out to their largest lead of the game at 9 points after they finish an 8-0 run. Huggins calls timeout.

14:09 (WVU 43, St. John’s 47): LJ Figueroa still leads all scorers with 17 for the Red Storm, but he just committed his fourth foul of the game. That’s a big win for the Mountaineeers. Three other starters have 3 fouls as well (Huron, Rutherford, Champagnie).

16:28 (WVU 39, St. John’s 42): Gabe Osabuohien draws an offensive foul. He’s been an unsung hero today — 4 points on perfect shooting with 5 rebounds.

17:37 (WVU 39, St. John’s 40): At the Red Storm timeout, St. John’s is edging the Mountaineers by a point. The Johnnies have been trailing for most of the game — some 10:22.

St. John’s will start the second half off with possession.

1ST HALF:

HALF: The Mountaineers take head to the locker room tied with St. John’s at 36.

0:07 (WVU 36, St. John’s 36): St. John’s has the ball and they call a timeout as the shot clock winds down.

WVU’s turnover count is up to 13 now, with the Red Storm racking up 12 points off of them. The Mountaineers have only been able to force 6 back their other way, with not nearly as much success capitalizing off them (just 2 points). Derek Culver is taking over the boards, though — he has 8 rebounds so far, as well as 4 points on 40 percent shooting.

5:37 (WVU 26, St. John’s 26): West Virginia has led for 8:46 (more time than the Red Storm by far), but the Red Storm have generated 10 points off of West Virginia turnovers to keep them in it. They’ve also caught up in the rebounding battle, which gave the Mountaineers an advantage in the early minutes.

10:50 (WVU 15, St. John’s 15): It’s still dead even at the Garden. 10 of West Virginia’s points have come from the paint, and 6 of those are from Oscar Tshiebwe. West Virginia is struggling hard in the turnover department losing 9 so far and forcing just 4.

15:33 (WVU 4, St. John’s 4): It’s been a slow start so far. Neither team can get any real offense going, but only 3 fouls have been called between either team — it feels like an old-school Big East game. Both of WVU’s buckets have come from the paint (from Gabe Osabuohien and Emmitt Matthews).

West Virginia has won the tip and the game is underway.

WVU STARTERS:

  • Jordan McCabe
  • Jermaine Haley
  • Emmitt Matthews, Jr.
  • Derek Culver
  • Oscar Tshiebwe

ST. JOHN’S STARTERS:

  • LJ Figueroa
  • Mustapha Heron
  • Josh Roberts
  • Nick Rutherford
  • Julian Champagnie

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