I have zero confidence in the alleged wireless internet side the Charleston Civic Center tonight. I’ll give it a whirl and see if we can have some sort of a live blog tonight, but I’m making any promises.
And Kane gets pulled from the handshake line.
Hey, good time in the Civic Center. WVU wins 69-59.
Postgame handshake ought to be fun.
I’d like to tell you what Huggins just said to Deniz after that pass, but you can use the very worst of your imagination and probably get it right.
Told you. Pittman gets the T for mouthing an official.
Browne wins. Kane is spent, literally, as he makes a very mad walk to the bench. And Pittman wanted to get in on the Ts there by mouthing Browne.
Wondering if they’d call that T on Staten, but that’s the rule.
And there’s your game, right there. Miles and Browne, who didn’t start, all but finish by forcing the Tinnon turnover.
Spikes with five technical fouls, by the way.
Again, this was building. The Kane v. Browne stuff. Goff’s earlier headache, the boxing out at the free throw line. These two teams … just don’t like each other.
And how about Browne getting two free throws.
Eron Harris also ejected for leaving the bench.
Technical on Spikes and Browne.
Flagrant on Goff. He’s ejected.
That’s three starters in a seven-point game with 97 seconds remaining.
Terry Henderson, Jabarie Hinds and Aaric Murray have been ejected.
We’re getting lots of fouls here when play resumes.
Ohh, looks like a kick in there. Goff, you’ll remember, got kicked in the head earlier and did not like it.
Just to be clear in case you’re not watching, Staten missed a layup Goff defended. Kilicli scored on the putback and Goff fell over Staten. Goff pulled Staten’s leg and that’s the last I saw before it got really crowded. Long discussion and a lot of writing by the officials.
Wanna help me on the replay? Nothing good in the arena…
This is fun. Could see it coming, but WVU’s bench emptied there and Huggins and Erik Martin had to pull people back … most notably Browne, who went right at Goff, and Murray, who wasn’t in the game.
The 1-3-1 after a make is supposed to be easy to set up. Murray was well out of position there and his man made the 3. He’ll take a seat now with WVU up 57-52 with 2:22 to go.
Matt Humphrey cameo. I guess he’s the left-handed specialist to continue my ridiculous baseball analogies.
Noreen at the line, apparently after swimming in the Kanawha…1-for-2.
… not dirty, by the way. That’s not what I mean to say. They just scrape and scrape and smirk and get into the other guy’s head.
Browne and Murray are going to drive other teams mad this season. If you put Noreen with them, which is what you have now, that’s three players who do a lot of things that just seem to piss off opponents.
Hmm, 1-3-1 after a missed free throw.
Here comes Staten after a 10-minute rest. He’s your closer, there to get you home.
I might like to see Staten sometime soon. Hinds has an affinity for shots that start breaks the other way and Browne is hit or miss with his decisions lately.
Bad sequence by Browne. Carries when he had his guy beat, doesn’t get back to top the 1-3-1, leaves his zone and allows a wide open 3 that, fortunately for him, misses.
Marshall’s last six on free throws. They know where to get offense.
Ugh, good and bad of Deniz. He’s getting what he wants, but a miss there is followed by a dumb foul over the back, which is is fourth. Spiked makes both his two free throws and it’s 51-43.
Blood in the water here, if you’re on WVU’s bench, but WVU has already committed 10 fouls to Marshall’s six with 8:40 to go.
Huggins clapping for Stuart and, um, critiquing him after that call … and that, by the new rules, should probably be a T. So glad they made these changes.
WVU wins! WVU wins! Never fails. Ever. That was the most exciting part of the game by far, and not without drama, either. Each side started with four girls hoisted up in the hands of four men. Marshall dropped three fast, but it was 1-1 late and the Mountaineers prevailed.
Best part of this is the players in the huddle watching the action…
BRB, strongest cheerleader time…
Oh, my. There’s your story in a nutshell there. NO 3s for 20:20 until Kilicli TRIPLE THREATS from 22 feet away, droves, draws and hits Hinds for an easy, step-in 3.
WVU also has four assists and 15 baskets.
Kilicli is 4-for-13 from the floor, 6-for-6 from the line and has 14 points, but three rebounds and three turnovers (all travels). I can’t tell if he’s been good or not,
Kilicli lets his guy get the rebound and he commits the foul and the depressed look on Noreen’s face was priceless.
WVU doesn’t have a 3 yet. I feel like that statistic, or the streak of 16 straight free throws, is going to become a story if it isn’t already.
Media NOT happy we haven’t seen the “strongest cheerleader” contest yet. Always the first full timeout of the second half.
lcj … NOREEN!
And that was smart by Browne. Kane was mad he didn’t get the whistle on the inbound lob and Browne went right at him.
Browne is really rattling Kane and Kanes is really rattled.
Hinds with a carry, again, and Huggins reminds Browne he’s in the game for a reason.
Let me know what the replay says about Murray’s tip back. Looked OK here.
Miles had a nice move and a look at a layup, but couldn’t get all the way up. He instead makes two free throws.
OK, he makes that one, but he has a dunk and does with a lefty reverse.
Kilicli’s problems in the post might be becoming a thing here. Frustration of two misses manifests itself in flopping under his own basket and precedes a Marshall 3. Back and forth a little and it’s 33-32.
Nobody stopped the ball and Kane will take a layup and a free throw every trip. That’s why WVU went zone before. Could not guard in many one-on-one spots.
Miles starting the second half and blocks a Tinnon layup attempt. Good sign for WVU if he’s able in the second half.
Browne draws my attention for the most irrelevant reasons. He’s doing warmups with a towel draped on his head.
Zone forces another turnover and Harris just missed the layup … and he probably complicated it a little more than he needed to. Kilcili missed the tip and Miles dunked after the buzzer.
Huggins picked his spot with the zone, though, with Browne down with two fouls and Staten out of the game. A 12-1 run ends the half.
WVU is 11-for-12 at the free-throw line with nine straight makes. Marshall is shooting 60.0 percent at the line this year and is 3-for-6 tonight.
Another turnover against the 1-3-1. It’s mystifying.
Staten has one foul. He came out for Harris. Maybe there’s confusion on the bench and WVU thinks Staten has two?
With Goff down, let’s watch the free throws. WVU is taking exception to a Marshall player backing into and boxing out the WVU shooter to the point and in the last pair for Kilicli Huggins was yelling at Edsall about it.
There’s an easy way to combat this …
Works there with a turnovers.
WVU goes 1-3-1 with Harris at the top. Perhaps that was why Huggins called the timeout. Nearly worked on the first try as Miles and Harris forced a tie-up.
WVU up 25-24, first lead of the game. The offense has wanted to push and make the bigs run and not foul and, for a stretch, it worked. You have to see the bench reminding, begging, demanding the players to run after a Marshall miss/turnover.
Odd timeout by Huggins because WVU has ALL the momentum thanks to Murray and Staten leading a 6-0 run. Let’s watch Eron Harris here. He was at the table the whole time waiting to check in, smiling and clapping and raring to get into the game. He’s fired the hell up.
Browne getting a lot of burn tonight and he’s been all over Kane spending lots of energy … and he lets Kane over him to get the offensive rebound and Browne’s second foul, which sits him on the floor with 4:09 to go and Marshall ahead 24-19.
Nobody on Marshall seemed to know the shot clock was at 14 when Tinnon called timeout. Late recognition leads to air ball layup.
Kilicli is 2-for-8. Rest of WVU is 3-for-12. Deniz six points, rest of team nine.
Miles looks like something is really bothering him. He’s squatting at mid-court during the timeout, trying to get right before he gets to the huddle.
Kilicli has a right-handed shot, fakes and stepd through and it gets swatted the other way and leads to a Kane dunk and a 19-13 lead.
WVU has tried one 3-pointer so far and I have to think Miles was encouraged not to do that again. This is a do what you do game.
And his free throws after drawing the foul make it 15-11.
Deniz’s career high for field-goal attempts is 15. He has eight already.
Kilicli very active, but not very accurate. He’s succeeded in giving two of Marshall’s bigs two fouls a little more than 10 minutes into this thing.
Exciting moment. Stuart, who called the offensive foul on Kane, because he probably felt like he had to, called a carry behind Browne. On Marshall’s possession, Hinds is close to forcing a 5-seconds call and Stuart blows the whistle … fora timeout. So close to filling up the bingo card.
Kane doing his best Shawne Alston impression, pushes Browne over and then pushes away a defender on a layup to get an offensive foul. Three straight turnovers for Marshall. WVU trailing in fouls, 5-1.
Missed Marshall jumper, Staten leads break, passes to Staten off Browne for a layup. That makes WVU 2-for-12. Marshall is 5-for-7.
WVU down 12-5 and taking some bad shots early in possessions .. and that’s before Miles, who hoisted and missed a 3 before, travels. Kilicli and Hinds out for Nique and Browne.
Back-to-back scored by Marshall’s Pittman and it’s a 7-3 lead. Kane with a nice lob pass to Pittman on the fastbreak. WVU has missed two layups — and Henderson is hearing about one of those two in the timeout.
He’ll come out in favor of Miles.
Marshall with three fouls already and two are on Goff, who came in off the bench for Nigel Spikes. Henderson makes 1 of 2 free throws and we’re ties 3-3 at the 16:55 mark.
Kane’s been great at point guard this season for Marshall. Hasn’t turned it over and he’s a very real threat to score with the ball. WVU hurries back on defense, but that leaves guys open, too. Already have a transition 3 for the Herd.
So far, WVU has tried to play big and has looked for inside offense but Marshall has denied it.
WVU dignitaries on hand: Oliver Luck, Jim Clements, Bill Hutchens, Drew Payne, June Huggins and a guy I really want to flame throw, but won’t because it would be a cheap shot.
Staten, Henderson, Kilicli, Murray and Hinds are the starters.
Just a guess because he’s still in his warmup, but Keaton Miles won’t start. Marshall is a much bigger team. And Miles looks … he doesn’t look well.
Testing … my God, this might work. The 3C is somewhat bare and there isn’t the usual discrepancy between the number of WVU fans and Marshall fans.
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