Yeah, I just said the Mountaineers were able to use their bench to wear a team down. That's not a knock on N C State, it's just that I can't remember the last time I said that. Jarred West days?
At any rate, West Virginia won 71-60 in a less than filled Charleston Civic Center. Four of five West Virginia starters were in double figures. Alex Ruoff was a three point machine hitting all five attempts, and Joe Alexander provided the highlight dunk along with a pretty solid 15 point game. Frank Young lead all Mountaineers with 16 points.
For N C State, they were led by Courtney Fells with 17 points. West Virginia was out rebounded 33-26, but won the turnover war 17-7 for a plus three on on the Beilein scale. West Virginia was also 13-28 from three point range, while the Wolfpack was only 3-16.
I'm not ready to call this team world beaters just yet, but they have made a great deal of progress for such a young team. The true test will come with the Big East part of the schedule, but I'm liking what I see.