Fans are pouring into the WVU Coliseum to get a look at the West Virginia men’s basketball team, who will play the Dukes of Duquesne in a charity exhibition game.
Tonight’s game will be broadcast on AT&T SportsNet and on WVUSports.com, and be sure to follow our social media pages to get the view from inside the Coliseum.
FINAL: West Virginia gets the win, 78-70. Tshiebwe finishes with 17 points and 14 boards, with a late surge from Sean McNeill to get his point total to 12. The Mountaineers officially tip their season off next week
1:50: WVU leads 73-58. Duquesne’s Marcus Weathers is the first player to foul out of the game.
3:31: West Virginia is starting to take control of this one, going on a 10-5 run in the last about 3 minutes. Oscar’s double-double is just getting bigger, now at an even 14 points and 14 boards.
Sean McNeill is also performing off the bench, chipping in 7 points with 4 boards.
5:59: Mountaineers are holding a 60-53 lead as Taz Sherman calls timeout. He walks off the floor slowly with his face in his jersey as WVU hits the huddle. His scoring total is still at 8.
7:21: WVU is keeping Duquesne at an arms length, with a 59-51 lead at the official timeout.
11:28: The Mountaineers are holding onto a solid 10-point lead at the break, with Tshiebwe really taking control down low — the freshman already has a double-double, with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
15:17: Duquesne is knocking on the door, but West Virginia isn’t opening up. The Dukes came out firing and got within 4 points of tying it up, but McBride, Sherman and Knapper help WVU get on a 5-0 run to keep them at bay. West Virginia leads 47-38 at the first media timeout.
West Virginia starts the second half off with possession.
END 1H: West Virginia takes their lead to the locker room, with it now at 38-30.
Taz Sherman is still the high scorer with 8, while Dunn-Martin is close behind with 7 points. Derek Culver also has 6 rebounds, tied with Michael Hughes of the Dukes.
2:06: Duquesne isn’t out of it — Tavian Dunn-Martin has the hot hand for the Dukes, nailing a pair of three-pointers as the clock winds down to another media timeout. Taz Sherman has also taken over the honor of leading scorer, chipping in 8 points so far, including a three-pointer.
7:50: WVU is keeping their lead at this media timeout, now at 25-14. Oscar Tshiebwe is making an impression so far, leading all players in points and rebounds.
11:15: The Mountaineers are holding onto their lead, which is now at 17-6. They are playing tough defense, holding the Dukes to just 27 percent from the floor.
12:53: WVU has a 14-6 lead as Jalen Bridges and Brandon Knapper make their first appearances this game.
15:32: West Virginia has a commanding 12-2 lead to start the game off at the first media timeout, with all five starters getting on the board early. WVU also put together an 8-0 run into the timeout.
Now entering the game: Logan Routt for Derek Culver, Miles McBride for Jordan McCabe, and Taz Sherman for Chase Harler
West Virginia starters: Jordan McCabe, Chase Harler, Emmitt Matthews Jr., Derek Culver, Oscar Tshiebwe
Duquesne starters: Tavian Dunn-Martin, Maceo Austin, Sincere Carry, Marcus Weathers, Michael Hughes