Big men dominate as West Virginia downs Nicholls

WVU Men's Basketball

West Virginia men’s basketball moves to 9-1 after Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver’s respective double-doubles push the Mountaineers over Nicholls, 83-57.

The two big men were a force for WVU, combining for 31 points and 27 rebounds. This would be the first contest that both Culver and Tshiebwe earned double-doubles.

The contest was physical from the outset, and the Colonels kept it close into halftime. Neither team had much going on offense, with the Mountaineers shooting just 38 percent for the half and Nicholls making 43 percent.

“[Nicholls was] physical, and I think they probably watched the St. John’s tape and figured if St. John’s could get away with it, they could get away with it,” said WVU coach Bob Huggins.

Tshiebwe started his game fast, with his 8 first half points tying Taz Sherman for the team lead.

Culver came alive in the second half, amassing 10 of his 16 points and 8 of his 16 rebounds.

“Derek decided that he was going to play,” Huggins said.

The Mountaineers seemed to get a jolt of energy by their inside play, and it showed up in the highlight reel. Late in the second half, Sean McNeil chased down Nicholls’s Andre Jones to swat his dunk at the rim. Tshiebwe would get the Coliseum crowd on their feet with a pair of second half dunks.

Nicholls’s D’Angelo Hunter made his return to the Coliseum since leaving the program in 2018, adding 14 points for the Colonels as well as a technical foul in the second half.

“It was a good team win,” Huggins said.

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