It took 10 games, but it finally happened.
Star big men Derek Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe recorded double-doubles in the same game for the first time, as West Virginia routed Nicholls, 83-57.
Culver scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while Tshiebwe added 15 points and 11 boards. In total, four Mountaineers finished in double figures in the scoring column.
“They’re getting better,” said head coach Bob Huggins. “We’re all getting better.”
Though both players have racked up double-doubles this season — Tshiebwe has collected five and Culver three through the first 10 games — the tandem hasn’t clicked quite this well in any other game. Culver thinks it’s a sign that they’re becoming more “patient” together.
“I feel like me and him, we took our time on the moves we wanted to make, and with that patience came opportunities to score,” Culver said. “When we rush things, the defense, that’s when they’re playing their hardest when you first get the ball, but if you get the ball, take your time, then the defense starts to open up.”
Culver’s 16 points were a game-high, and he succeeded despite the physical nature of the game against the Colonels.
“When Derek gets tired of getting fouled, he just separates people,” Huggins said. “He’s a difference.”
Tshiebwe added that it’s “fun” when the two forwards get going at the same time.
“It’s a good thing for me and him to do this, to be ready for the next level — the Big 12,” Tshiebwe said.
The Mountaineers outscored the Colonels in the paint and won the rebounding margin, 44-27.