NCAAB Game Recap - Nicholls State at West Virginia
Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:00 PM EST

E KY
67
Lou
99
F
UMKC
57
Kansas
98
F
Oreg
71
Mich
70
F(OT)
Gonz
84
Ariz
80
F
GaTec
53
KY
67
F
StLou
61
Aub
67
F
Mem
51
Tenn
47
F
Drake
47
Dayt
78
F
MSU
72
Oakl
49
F
South
41
Butl
66
F
Del
70
Vill
78
F
Seton
48
Rut
68
F
Xav
78
Wake
80
F
KansSt
61
MisSt
67
F
IPFW
65
IUPUI
74
F
App
81
How
59
F
Syr
79
GTown
89
F
Princ
80
FaDi
65
F
Dart
76
Boston
78
F
(N/A)
60
Elon
91
F
Tuls
79
Ark
98
F
Nich
57
WVU
83
F
NJIT
71
StFNY
73
F
TN-M
72
UNCA
91
F
(N/A)
79
Jacksn
93
F
IL-C
65
DeP
86
F
HolyC
72
Canis
80
F
CenMI
76
Tex
87
F
LongI
74
Rider
89
F
Duques
71
Radf
49
F
Alab
71
PSU
73
F
AlaAM
74
Mia-FL
88
F
Morg
68
LaSal
85
F
Merrim
63
Hartfo
71
F
NCC
71
CoCar
91
F
Army
89
Buff
76
F
UCLA
61
ND
75
F
Lamar
50
TCU
79
F
AF
79
Denv
75
F
NFla
72
SoMis
69
F
MidTN
64
Miss
82
F
Toled
80
Detr
72
F
Web
49
Utah
60
F
UCSB
61
S UT
62
F
(N/A)
50
StBon
75
F
HiPt
64
FlAtl
81
F
Campbl
67
ECU
79
F
Mayv
60
SDak
96
F
Sac
58
SCla
60
F
USF
91
CS-Ful
69
F
ULLa
59
LaTec
77
F
Charl
71
Rich
78
F
Winth
73
Furm
80
F
ArkPB
46
OrSt
80
F
AlSt
57
Bois
100
F
Okla
75
WichSt
80
F
OlDom
55
Ill
69
F
Stan
78
SJSU
58
F
CSBak
70
Ida
76
F(OT)
NMSt
62
NM
69
F
Evans
72
WIGB
62
F
Niag
80
Albany
84
F
W MI
59
Manh
58
F
Colg
67
Cin
66
F
WilBa
59
NOrl
103
F
(N/A)
54
Gram
82
F
CenAR
79
Pepp
92
F
BYU
68
UtSt
64
F
UGA
59
AzSt
79
F
E IL
75
WIMil
68
F
Lib
61
Vand
56
F
HBU
84
Rice
96
F
(N/A)
57
Oral
69
F
Stony
78
Prov
82
F
(N/A)
63
UAB
75
F
N CO
74
Wyo
53
F
ULMo
59
SFA
66
F
NoAZ
79
UtVal
73
F
Fres
62
CAPoly
37
F
BethC
68
CBap
87
F
UCDav
54
USD
58
F
(N/A)
63
UCIrv
120
F
StMar
89
Cal
77
F

Dec 14, 2019, 2:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Nicholls State (6-5)

31

26

57

West Virginia (9-1)

39

44

83

WVU beats Nicholls St behind Culver, Tshiebwe double-doubles
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:26 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia’s young inside presence stood out, but it was a balanced scoring attack that helped the Mountaineers outlast Nicholls State’s pesky defense.

Sophomore Derek Culver scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds while freshman Oscar Tshiebwe had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead West Virginia to an 83-57 victory over Nicholls State on Saturday.

West Virginia pulled away down the stretch after Nicholls State had tied the game. And it took a team effort to do it. Miles McBride added 15 points while Emmitt Matthews Jr. and Sean McNeil scored 10 apiece for the Mountaineers (9-1).

"That was really good," Tshiebwe said. "Coach told us we've got to play like we're down 10 to 15 points."

With Culver and Tshiebwe doing their work near the basket, it’s allowed players like McNeil and Taz Sherman to showcase their outside shooting. McNeil and Sherman combined to make 4-of-8 3-pointers.

"Having somebody like Sean, who can make shots, really helps us," Mountaineers’ coach Bob Huggins said. "Taz is starting to be the player that we thought we recruited."

So is Tshiebwe, a McDonald’s All-American as a high schooler who leads the Big 12 in rebounding at 9.3 per game, while Culver is third at 8.9.

Culver made 6 of 9 shots from the floor Saturday.

"If you all knew how far he's come. He's come a long way," Huggins said. "He just continues to get better."

West Virginia transfer D’Angelo Hunter scored 14 points for Nicholls State (6-5), including a three-point play that helped erase a 10-point deficit and tied the game at 43-all with 16:43 left. But the Colonels never retook the lead.

"At the end, I was just disappointed," Nicholls coach Austin Claunch said. "I thought the last four minutes we lost our way a little bit."

Culver scored six points during an ensuing 20-5 run that gave the Mountaineers a 63-48 lead with 8:57 left. Nicholls State got no closer than 11 points after that.

"Once we calmed down in the second half and locked in, we became who we are in our DNA, which is to be the tougher team," Culver said.

Nicholls State committed 17 turnovers and shot 4 of 25 (16%) from 3-point range.

West Virginia outrebounded Nicholls State 44-27, including 19-9 on the offensive glass.

"Overall, it was just a great experience to come play here against a team that is going to be better than people realize," Claunch said.

BIG PICTURE

Nicholls State: The Colonels, who saw their four-game winning streak snapped, are third in Division I with 21.2 forced turnovers a game and are fourth with an average of 11.2 steals. They forced 16 turnovers and had nine steals Saturday.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers’ bench outscored Nicholls State 39-6. Both Culver and Tshiebwe had their third double-doubles of the season.

NO HALEY

Senior guard Jermaine Haley didn’t play Saturday. Huggins said it was a coaching decision. Haley is the team’s second-leading scorer at 11.1 points per game and the third-leading rebounder at 5.7.

NO JOHNSON

Kevin Johnson missed the game for the Colonels. He averages a team-leading 4.2 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

"He got banged up in practice yesterday," Claunch said. "He'll be back next week."

UP NEXT

Nicholls State: Hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christian on Wednesday.

West Virginia: Plays at Youngstown State on Dec. 21.

Leaders

Nicholls State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Clement 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. McGhee 0 0 1 1 2 0
West Virginia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Routt 0 0 0 0 0 0
G. Osabuohien 0 0 5 6 1 0

Team Comparison

Nich WVU
Points For 57 83
Field Goals 22/61-36% 27/61-44%
Three Pointers 4/25-16% 6/25-24%
Free Throws 9/15-60% 23/30-77%
Offensive Rebounds 9 19
Defensive Rebounds 18 25
Rebounds 27 44
Blocks 2 6
Steals 9 5
Turnovers 17 16
Personal Fouls 26 17
Technical Fouls 2 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - WVU Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 14 Nich 57 @ WVU 83 R. Lyons 3 S. Macke 2

Game Information

Stadium: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia
Attendance: 10,991
Game Time: