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Eron Harris scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting as West Virginia defeated Old Dominion 78-60 in the Cancun Challenge.

 

Eron Harris scored 19 points and West Virginia continued its hot shooting to coast past Old Dominion on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Cancun Challenge.

The Mountaineers shot 56 percent and built a 25-point second-half lead on their way to a 78-60 victory, setting up a Wednesday night showdown against No. 10 Wisconsin in the tournament championship.

After making 3-of-5 from 3-point range, Harris is now shooting 50 percent this season from deep.

Terry Henderson scored 14 points off the bench and Devin Williams enjoyed a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double as WVU (5-1) won its fourth consecutive game. Point guard Juwan Staten produced another solid outing with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, nine assists, three steals and only one turnover.

“Wannie was really good again tonight,” said coach Bob Huggins.

Staten also made his second 3-pointer in two games after going 44 games without one. West Virginia was 8-of-19 from 3-point range while Old Dominion (4-2) made only 5-of-19, including 2-of-8 by Aaron Bacote who finished with 21 points.

The Monarchs shot just 39 percent from the floor overall, though they out-rebounded WVU 35-28.

“Just think what we could do if we could get a defensive rebound,” Huggins said. “We keep giving up a dozen or more, and we’re not going to be able to keep doing that. We can’t keep doing that against good people.”

Old Dominion’s lone lead of the night came at 2-0 in the first minute, before WVU took control to lead 36-24 at the half, with Harris knocking down a 19-foot jumper from the wing shortly before the buzzer.

The Monarchs did themselves no favor by making only 9-of-22 free throws. West Virginia finished 14-of-22 at the line.

Wisconsin defeated Saint Louis 63-57 in Tuesday’s semifinal nightcap.

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Comments

  • 5toldU1s

    I thought the squad played better than expected against Old Dominion. Wisconsin is a load though.

  • Joe

    I just love the intensity and focus in Harris' eyes

  • Bobby

    almost game time, upset in the making.

  • Bobby

    this team needs to learn to rebound, and play better defense. I think they still surprise a lot of people. go eers

  • richard

    nah retterx, you actually made me smile on that last post. i think i will leave it at that. happy thanksgiving.

  • The Wisetalker

    I am really looking forward to this game tonight. Do I think they will win? No. But we will get to see how this team performs against the "Big Boys" who will actually pressure them.

    The competition up to this point has been very weak as everyone knows...And yes WVU has looked very good. But they have not played anyone yet of any caliber.

    If WVU stays within 10 points I will be happy. This young team can only get better as the season progresses.

    Hopefully the shots will fall and WVU gives an impressive showing...and maybe even an upset!

  • richard

    nothing wrong calling someone an idiot when it fits. that's not name calling. i said it because it wasn't a point he was trying to make---he was just trying to dig at huggins and the team. i'm not ashamed at all with what i said. my opinion and i'll stand by it. same with rekterx,and you, it's your opinion. i'm fine with that. also, thats what these types of sites are for. difference of opinion and jabbing at each other. if your skin is that thin, don't come on here and say your opinion. it's a site for the very thing i did. watch talk shows.....happens all the time. have a great thanksgiving gentlemen. i truly mean that.

    • rekterx

      richard ... you're an idiot.

      Whaaa.... what's this feeling suddenly coming over me? Why ... uh ... it's ... yes... that's it. I now suddenly realize that I could be on a talk show!

      richard ... thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

      Because you called me an idiot and then explained it's OK to call people an idiot on here ... and then I called you an idiot ... I now realize that I am somebody. I could probably pull off an appearance on the Jerry Springer Show! Is that show still on these days?

      richard and I could go on the Springer show and have it!

      • rekterx

        In all seriousness richard, please go back and lift out my comments in my first post and explain why they are idiotic. Doing that might help me in understanding myself a little bit better.

  • Outdoor Man

    I miss Deniz Clutzy...anyone else?

  • wvu1983

    Good job guys lets win this tournament for all the whiners.

  • Kory

    We recently recruited 2 guards. If we don't get another post player next year then it will be Williams and Noreen again next year and the rebounding problems will continue. I think we only have 3 scholarships this coming year to recruit with am I correct?

    • Oh Did Ya?

      They will play next year. Watkins will be better next year too. Williams may end up as WVU all time rebounder when it's all said and done. Long way to go but that kid is legit at 18 years old. Bubble this year, top 3 in the Big 12 next year.

    • rekterx

      That's the thing. Huggs must be very confident that at least 1 of 2 of Holton/Macon making it. If they don't make it then he's probably scrambling for some other big men.

      If at least one of those guys don't pan out I would like to see a story in the WV press outlining how much money has been spent on the recruiting and schooling of the players who have left Huggs program. Should have been a story like that already.

      What's got into me? How do I come up with such crazy idiotic ideas? No one in their right mind would wonder how much money WVU has dumped into transient basketball players.

      Well anyway .... seven years into this thing and it looks like Huggs has finally put a point guard on the floor who plays with a team not overburdened with headcases. The future does look bright.

  • Jack

    There are no seniors on the team and they are playing so much better. The CBS sports announcers said last night that Coach Huggins was National Coach of the Year 5 times and had one of the best coaching staffs in the country. Last years team was a total mess, but they are now headed in the right direction.

  • richard

    oh okay. i see. you're one of the few holier than thou people who live in this world. next time you walk on water----let me know so i can watch.

  • Tim C

    I just want to wish the Eers good luck tonight. How about the rest of you yay-hoos?

  • GregG

    With what I have seen, I think we are heading in the right direction. Seems to be more of a "team" group of players and a lot better attitude this year. I would like to see them get better rebounding, but I'm sure Huggs is working on that. If I have any concerns it would be........can we shoot under pressure. We haven't really been tested I don't feel. But I like what we are seeing so far.

  • Dougie

    It kills me how people think everything's great when a team is winning against terrible competition, and think the world is ending and the coach is awful when they lose against good competition. I see it in every level of every sport. If our football team was in the MAC we would be in first place and think we were were the best team in the country. Holgerson would be getting another raise, etc.. In contrast, our basketball team is beating nobody's and winning and now they are "fixed"... When they start playing someone, this season will turn very quickly. The lack of an inside game and no defense will be exposed and Huggins will be an "idiot" once again... If I were a coach I would play the weakest schedule possible so I could win all my games and the mindless masses would think I was a legend!