The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

February 12, 2013

FURFARI COLUMN- Baylor next in WVU men’s run

FAIRMONT — Baylor is next in the path of the West Virginia University men’s basketball team that seems to be on an honest-to-gosh roll.

The Mountaineers (12-11, 5-5 Big 12) take a three-game winning stretch to Waco, Texas, on Wednesday, for a 9 p.m. battle with the Bears (15-8, 6-4 Big 12).

The Bears were whipping Texas Tech 75-48 last Saturday, while WVU was beating TCU 63-50 in an impressive showing in Fort Worth, Texas.

That might well have been the Mountaineers’ finest win in the conference except being outrebounded 34-23. And it came in coach Bob Huggins’ 1,000th game of his highly successful career.

TCU was coming off a shocking upset win over No. 5 nationally ranked Kansas for its only league victory.

A 3-point goal at the buzzer gave WVU a 31-28 edge at halftime against TCU, which shot a sizzling 60 percent during the opening 20 minutes. But West Virginia limited the Horned Frogs to 25 percent in the second half.

“I thought we did a lot better defensively in the second half,” Huggins said. “I thought everyone was better offensively, too.”

But defense definitely was the focus at halftime. The Mountaineers may have done their best dogging of the year in sealing that win.

For only the fifth time this season, WVU shot 50 percent or better from the field (22 of 43 for 51.2 percent). The Mountaineers made 7 of 10 from 3-point range and cashed 12 of 18 free throws (66.7 percent).

Huggins admittedly was happy with this memorable victory. But he called only getting a mere five rebounds in the first half “a concern.”

However, 17 assists for 22 field goals certainly stuck out, as did eight steals and five blocked shots.

Three players whose last names start with the letter “H” led West Virginia in scoring. Freshman Terry Henderson had a game-high 17 points. Freshman Eron Harris followed with 14 points, and sophomore Jabarie Hinds tallied 12 points.

All three are guards.

Junior center Aaric Murray was the top rebounder for WVU with six. Hinds also had four assists and four steals.

“Our freshmen are going to make a whole lot of shots (as they grow older),” Huggins predicted. “They made plays around the basket.

“The exciting thing is we’re now 5-5 in the league. There are going to be some people lose (last Saturday).”

One more win would put the Mountaineers into fifth place in the Big 12 standings and two wins could tie the team for second place.

“We’re getting tougher,” Huggins noted. “We’re getting tougher. And sometimes I think being too nice in athletics is a detriment, and we’re getting tougher.”

In their only previous meeting, Baylor nipped West Virginia 83-81 in overtime at the Las Vegas Classic last season.

1
Text Only
WVU Sports
  • Were Bowlsby’s fears about college athletics’ future justified?

    I have never met or even talked to Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.
    But I did read a lengthy story on his 45-minute address to reporters last week on Media Day in Dallas, Texas. Among other things, Bowlsby forecast a startling change threatening the existence of intercollegiate athletics as we have known for these many, many years.

    July 28, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Big 12 provides plenty of optimism

    This past week the Big 12 held its annual media gathering in Dallas and served up a heaping portion of optimism for the 2014 season that is now upon us, West Virginia University opening its preseason practices on Thursday.
    This is a time of year when no one has lost a game, not even Charlie Weis at Kansas, and it’s a time of year when opinions are more plentiful than tattoos in an NFL locker room.

    July 27, 2014

  • Seider's brother commits to WVU

    West Virginia University’s football team has received a commitment from one of its own.

    July 26, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Big 12 provides much optimism heading into 2014 season

    This past week the Big 12 held its annual media gathering in Dallas and served up a heaping portion of optimism for the 2014 season that is now upon us, West Virginia University opening its preseason practices on Thursday.

    July 26, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU needs White to follow in former receivers’ footsteps

    A year ago Clint Trickett took a lot of grief as the once potent West Virginia offense came unraveled, but there is more that than meets the eye.
    The criticism was not unfounded, of course, although behind each incomplete pass there was the pain Trickett was suffering through to throw it, his rotator cuff in need of surgery.

    July 26, 2014

  • Forsey posts Top 10 finish at World Championships

    Freshman Jillian Forsey of the West Virginia University cross country team finished ninth at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
    Forsey, a native of Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, was representing Team Canada. She was the first Canadian to cross the finish line in the women’s 5,000-meter run, finishing in ninth place overall in 16:02.55.

    July 26, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Wyant talks about ‘Pappy’ Lewis and other items of interest

    I saved some other interesting observations from the recent interview with Fred Wyant which you may find worth reading.
    He believes a college football coach ought to recruit a quarterback he wants, give him some help, then turn virtually everything over to him and let him go.

    July 26, 2014

  • Forsey posts Top 10 finish at World Championships

    Freshman Jillian Forsey of the West Virginia University cross country team finished ninth at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

    July 25, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Wyant talks about ‘Pappy’ Lewis and other items of interest

    I saved some other interesting observations from the recent interview with Fred Wyant which you may find worth reading.

    July 25, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU needs White to follow in former receivers footsteps

    A year ago Clint Trickett took a lot of grief as the once potent West Virginia offense came unraveled, but there is more that than meets the eye.

    July 25, 2014

Featured Ads
WVU Sports Highlights
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos