CHARLESTON — Head coach Mike Carey called it a “sloppy” win, but it was still a significant one.
A week after pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the Carey era, WVU defeated Norfolk State 72-55 at the Charleston Coliseum. The victory is No. 400 for Carey at WVU.
“I couldn’t win 400 games at West Virginia without great assistants and great players,” Carey said. “So, it’s a team thing. I never look at it as an individual thing.”
WVU (7-1) was led by 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting from star forward Tynice Martin. Forward Kari Niblack added 14 points and 10 rebounds, while center Rochelle Norris chipped in 10 points.
While the Mountaineers led by as many as 18, Carey was frustrated by his team’s sluggish play, including 16 turnovers that led to 16 Norfolk State points.
“We just never got in the flow of things, but I’ll be honest with you, that’s how we practiced this week — sloppy,” Carey said. “We gotta learn from this.”
Next up, the Mountaineers will head to Florida for a pair of games to close out the calendar year. They’ll play nationally ranked Michigan State Dec. 21, followed by a tilt with Syracuse the next day.
“It’s good to get a win and get down here in Charleston,” Carey said. “I wish we could have put more of a show on for the fans down here, but we were able to get the win.”