Making Do

There are ways to compensate for bad shooting, and Da'Sean Butler had a simple answer for West Virginia's response to its shooting problems in the Mountaineers' 69-43 win over Coppin State.

"Rebound" was Butler's one word answer when asked what his team had to do when shots weren't falling. WVU did just that, grabbing 24 offensive boards and converting the same number of second chance points in the win.

Butler also commented on West Virginia's 1-2-2 zone press, which it has practiced but hasn't used in a game under Bob Huggins, and on Coppin State's slowdown tactics, which involved milking the shot clock and trying to shorten the game. Eagle head coach Fang Mitchell noted the his team wanted to slow the game down so that the more talented Mountaineers had fewer possessions. While the tactic worked, it also led to some challenges and byplay between Mountaineer defenders and Eagle point guard Vince Goldberry, who was responsible for slowing the action.


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