Holiday Hangover

The West Virginia men's basketball team might as well have taken a nap on the court in the first half of Saturday's game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

In fact, I'm not even sure if the Mountaineers did take a quick snooze or not, because I was snoring on my computer keyboard throughout the first 20 minutes.

No, not really, but it was an ugly first half for WVU, which turned the ball over nine times and scored just 32 points on a team that it could've put up 50 in a half on.

"I make them play hard everyday in practice. I guess I could make them run on the treadmill during timeouts," said head coach Bob Huggins. West Virginia was obviously not ready to play to start the game, as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was able to take an 8-2 lead.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Oh, sorry, I fell asleep again.

Islanders' junior guard Terence Jones hit two straight 3-pointers to make the miserable crowd of 7,226 groan and moan.

There was no way the Coliseum speakers would be blaring "Seven Nation Army" in that first half. It was THAT ugly.

Senior forward Kevin Jones played just six minutes in the first half after recording two quick fouls. He scored just two points in those six minutes. To compare, six different players had more minutes than Jones, who leads the team in minutes played so far this season. Five of those six players were freshmen.

"I have to play smarter out there. I can't afford to do something like that and get foul trouble," Jones said.

At one point in the first half, the Mountaineers played five freshmen on the floor at the same time.

That was a recipe for one of the more ugly couple of minutes this season.

Somehow, through some sort of feat of luck and magic, the Mountaineers were able to take a 32-28 lead into the half.

"We just didn't play well, and we gave them confidence. When we got into halftime, coach didn't like that, so we had to come out with more intensity in the second half," said freshman forward Aaron Brown. "

After what took place in the second half, there was no doubt that West Virginia should've never trailed in this game. TAMU-CC is just a really, really bad basketball team.

In the second half, the Mountaineers jumped out to a double-digit lead within the first three minutes of the half on a 14-3 run. In that span, Jones scored five times the number of points as he did in the first half.

"We're just going to have to take it like every other game is the same," Brown said. "You can get beat any given night."

West Virginia isn't going to play many more games against teams like Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, so this might not even matter down the road, but WVU can't sleep on bad teams.

There's no doubt that the Mountaineers aren't at the level where it can go down by a significant margin and make their way back for sure.

Nothing is certain with such a young team.

In the end, WVU came back and defeated the Islanders 84-64, but it should've been a blowout.

There's always Monday to try it all over again. Tennessee Tech isn't any better.


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