Marshall hit their open threes in the first half, which was key to keeping pace with West Virginia. Tarik Phillip countered by shooting 50% while totaling 11 points, and was a helpful hand with four assists. Phillip explained how the Mountaineers needed to speed up ball movement between guards and bigs in the half-court offense, and how the team limited open looks in the second half to run away with the victory.
Coach Bob Huggins said Elijah Macon had one of, if not his best, performance of the season. He came up big with put backs and finished the day with 12 points. Macon came in while Devin Williams was on the bench because of foul trouble, and brought a spark on both sides of the ball. Macon played at Huntington Prep, and said he knows what to expect every time the teams get together. He also touched on the Mountaineer's mental toughness and how they can improve.