Junior center Jamie Smalligan had his best game as a Mountaineer in his first Capital City Classic.
Smalligan, who sat out last season after tranferring from Butler, sparked what had been a very sluggish, lethargic Mountaineer offense late in the first half. The Grand Rapids, Mich. product was whistled for a technical in the first half by official Curtis Shaw, but rather than get discouraged, the big guy got mad.
On West Virginia's next possession, Smalligan faked a three-point attempt which sent a hapless Herd defender airborne. Smalligan then drove the baseline, and threw down a monster dunk.
For the game, Smalligan finished with seven points and nine rebounds. He also had a nifty assist on an Alex Ruoff three-pointer that iced the victory for West Virginia.
Senior forward Frank Young had an outstanding game, finishing with 25 points on 10-15 shooting. Young also collected four rebounds and a steal in 35 minutes of play.
Junior point guard Darris Nichols shook off a rough first half to play a big role in West Virginia's second half surge. Nichols had 16 points, three rebounds, and four assists while playing nearly 40 minutes.
Had you been told before the game that Marshall would have scored 25 points off of 17 West Virginia turnovers, while turning it over just seven times themselves, you likely would have thought that the Herd won its third straight over the Mountaineers. The Blue and Gold offset those numbers by outrebounding the Herd 36-25, and scoring an astounding 56 points in the second half.