The good news? The older, yet still green men’s basketball team at West Virginia controlled Tuesday night’s exhibition game against Glenville State. It was never close and was rarely compelling and the Mountaineers won by 42 points, which is the kind of score you’d expect from a team that’s supposed to be better than the sixth-best team in the 10-team Big 12.
Plus, a year ago, WVU lost its exhibition game and, save one stretch in the middle of the season before Kevin Noreen’s injury, could never avoid itself.
The bad news? Bob Huggins wasn’t too happy with things, at least not relative to what feels like high expectations this season.
“I want us to be better than we were last year,” he said. “I thought we could get 10, 11 guys and we could play really, really hard and keep subbing guys in and keep people fresh to wear teams down. I don’t know that we have that many people.”
Kilicli had 19 points and made 8 of 10 shots, but only had three rebounds. Murray had 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Staten had 16 points, six assists, three steals and no turnovers. Gerun, who has to sit out the first six games of the season, finished with 12 points in 12 minutes.
WVU shot 50 percent, but had assists on only 14 of 37 baskets. The Mountaineers committed 13 turnovers and only outrebounded the Pioneers 46-34. They open the season next week at Gonzaga.
“We’re going to look at how we didn’t run any offense, we’re going to look at how we didn’t transition down the floor and we’re going to look at how we didn’t rebound the ball,” Huggins said.