Three Sophomores Lead WVU Past Long Beach State – VIDEO

Three Sophomores Lead WVU Past Long Beach State

After rising to No. 23 in the AP Top 25 and No. 20 in the Coaches Poll, three sophomores lead WVU past Long Beach State, 91-62.

WVU entered the game as 26-point favorites. They were able to cover the massive spread thanks to the performances of three sophomores. Lamont West had 22 points and 8 boards. Sagaba Konate had 20 points, 7 boards and 4 blocks. Chase Harler had 14 poins and went 4 for 6 from deep.

Next up the Mountaineers head to Lake Buena Vista to play three games, starting on Thursday.

“We [sophomores] have to step up,” Konate said. “Everybody has to step up. We need everybody to contribute to win. We have a team that needs to come together every day and be ready to play.”

Chase Harler had some interesting commentary and appears to be gaining confidence.

“Originally I had my thumb under the ball too much,” said Harler. “My ball was spinning awkwardly. [Coach Bob Huggins] and I actually had a talk about it [Sunday], so I give him some credit for me making shots [Monday]. Getting my thumb on the side helps rotates the ball better.”

“I told Chase if he’d start making shots he’d play a lot more minutes because he plays so hard,” Coach Bob Huggins said. “He doesn’t make glaring mistakes.”

Konate had the most dominant performance of the three sophomores.

“Last year as a freshman I was a role player,” said the 6-foot-8 forward from Mali. “Now I’m shooting the ball. I’m making big plays. I know what to do now.”

Senior Jevon Carter added 13 points.

The win moved the Mountaineers to 3-1.