FINAL: West Virginia takes win over Akron in season opener, 94-84

WVU Men's Basketball

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!

WVU starters:

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

Akron starters:

  • 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.

2ND HALF

: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.

1ST HALF

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.

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