Morgantown - Beetle Bolden and Sagaba Konate
By: Charles Montgomery Intern for WVi
Sagaba Konate and James “Beetle” Bolden who have been dealing with injuries for the past week led the Mountaineers to a (106-72) victory Saturday afternoon.
Bolden led the team in scoring with 15-points, while Konate added 14. Beetle Bolden started the game off hot going 3-3 from behind the arc. His terrific shooting helped West Virginia build a 18-5 lead at the 14:57 mark.
In his first game back since Valparaiso, Konate showed why he is an important part of this West Virginia team. He was only one rebound shy of a double-double and he had three impressive blocks.
Bolden has shown that he is the main point guard on this team. When on the floor his presence on both ends of the floor completely changed the game. Bolden led the team in points, but he also had two steals that propelled Press Virginia.
Bolden and Konate were limited as Konate played 17 minutes and Bolden played 18. The good thing is the Mountaineers are beginning to bring back both of their most explosive players.
Friday, Huggins addressed Beetle’s injuries throughout the season. “Beetle got banged up again, but that’s a daily occurrence. He just can’t keep his nose out of trouble it seems,” Huggins said.
This was the Mountaineer’s most complete game of the season. West Virginia shot 54% from the field, going 11-32 from the three-point line. The Mountaineers also outrebounded the Penguins 47-39.
This was West Virginia’s fourth straight win as they improve to (5-2). The Mountaineers go to New York to take on Florida in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night 9 ET on ESPN.