The starters have been announced and the Mountaineers are about to tip their 2019-2020 season off. Be sure to stop by this live game log as we will have live updates as the game unfolds.
Tonight’s match-up is being broadcast on AT&T SportsNet and on the WVU Sports app on Roku. Also, be sure to follow Anjelica Trinone, Nick Farrell and WVIllustrated on social media to get updates from right up close!
- Jordan McCabe
- Jermaine Haley
- Emmitt Matthews Jr.
- Derek Culver
- Oscar Tshiebwe
- Loren Cristian Jackson
- Tyler Cheese
- Camron Reece
- Channel Banks
- Xeyrius Williams
FINAL: West Virginia takes the win, 94-84. The Mountaineers take their first season-opening win since 2016.
:28 (AKR 84, WVU 92): Logan Routt gets called for the foul on Xeyrius Williams and he knocks down all three. West Virginia gets a pair of free throws on the other end to follow it up, and they’re knocked down by McBride.
1:05 (AKR 81, WVU 88): The Zips are knocking on the door. West Virginia hasn’t made a field goal in 3:55, although Akron can’t get much going on their own offensive end to capitalize.
5:29 (AKR 70, WVU 80): Deng Riak is the first Zip to foul out, the forward chipped in 5 points and 3 rebounds.
7:41 (AKR 65, WVU 76): At the under-8, Xeyrius Williams leads all scorers with 17 points on the night, and is one of four Zips in double figures. Only three Mountaineers are in double figures — Culver, Haley and Matthews — but their scoring load is spread around 10 different players.
9:54 (AKR 61, WVU 70): Akron goes on an 11-0 run but it’s stopped by a three ball from Brandon Knapper. While WVU has the lead, Akron is currently winning the second half with a margin of 28-23.
12:53 (AKR 50, WVU 67): Tyler Cheese is called for the technical after he gets his layup blocked by Oscar. Needless to say, the fans are having a field day with that one.
13:38 (AKR 50, WVU 63): Taz Sherman helps lead the Mountaineers to a 7-0 run to keep their lead at more-than an arms reach, draining a mid-range jumper and then making a no-look pass in traffic to find a wide open Chase Harler under the basket.
15:49 (AKR 48, WVU 56): Akron goes on a 15-9 run to start the half, cutting into the Mountaineer lead. Channel Banks is spearheading the push with 8 points in the half so far.
END 1H: West Virginia takes a 47-33 lead to the locker room. The Mountaineers end the half with three straight makes, while the Zips run cold with a 2-of-13 run as time runs out. Tyler Cheese (AKR) leads the scoring with 11 points, while Matthews is on top of the Mountaineers’ scoring load with 9.
2:23 (AKR 27, WVU 41): Tshiebwe is the first Mountaineer to enter foul trouble with 3 personals. He takes a seat for the moment with 5 points and 3 boards in 8 minutes.
4:08 (AKR 26, WVU 38): Derek Culver has struggled thus far, making just 1 of his 7 shots so far and grabbing 3 boards. He’s still getting significant minutes with 11 so far.
7:56 (AKR 24, WVU 30): At the under-8 media timeout, Deuce has really made his presence known bringing some life into the Mountaineer offense. West Virginia has switched up their defense as well, opting for a full court zone.
10:54 (AKR 19, WVU 20): West Virginia is ramping up the intensity, but Akron’s three-pointers are keeping them right in it. Four different Zips have converted from deep, while just one of their buckets has come from inside the perimeter.
14:31 (AKR 11, WVU 14): Miles “Deuce” McBride and Taz Sherman make their first appearances in Mountaineer uniforms.
15:56 (AKR 11, WVU 5): West Virginia trails at the first media timeout after missing some easy buckets around the rim. Tshiebwe is the only Mountaineer to score inside so far, while Derek Culver missed a dunk early (although there may have been contact, it still needs to be converted). Akron on the other hand is hot from deep, already making 3-of-5 so far.
18:51: Akron scores first with a three-pointer from Tyler Cheese, but Oscar Tshiebwe answers on the other end with a lay-up.
TIP: Akron wins the tip, but it is quickly stolen by Jermaine Haley.
An interesting move to start the season off: Jermaine Haley is in the starting lineup after recovering from a minor injury that made him miss the Mountaineers’ exhibition vs. Duquesne.