MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia picked up an 89-70 victory
over Fairmont State in an exhibition game on Monday evening at the WVU
The Mountaineers made 37-of-54 free throw attempts on 40 FSU
fouls in the victory. WVU shot 41 percent from the floor compared to 37 for the
Falcons. West Virginia also held a slim
44-41 advantage on the glass. Fairmont State held a 34-10 advantage in the
paint and a 14-8 advantage on the fast break.
Stevie Browning scored a team-high 23 points and pulled down
eight rebounds in the game. Caleb Davis also reached double-figures with 13
points. Trevor Andrews-Evans led the Falcons on the glass with nine rebounds. A
total of six players fouled out in the game, including five for the Falcons.
Four WVU players reached double figures, led by Eron Harris
with 30 points on 6-of-12 from the field. Harris was also 15-of-20 from the
line. Nathan Adrian went 6-of-10 from behind-the-arc with 21 points. Gary
Browne (18) and Juwan Staten (13) also reached double figures. Devin Williams
led the Mountaineers on the glass with 14 rebounds.
West Virginia held a 22-8 advantage in fouls to build a
45-33 lead at the half. The Mountaineers only made nine field goals in the
opening half, including seven from behind-the-arc. WVU went 20-for-29 from the
free throw line in the first half.
The game stayed close for the first 14 minutes with the
largest lead being just six points for West Virginia. Over the next three and a
half minutes, West Virginia went on a 9-2 run to take a 42-29 advantage with
just 3:32 remaining. The Mountaineers maintained a double-digit lead for the
remainder of the half to take a 45-33 advantage into the locker room.
The teams combined for just six points in the first eight
minutes of the second half before West Virginia went on a 12-4 spurt to stretch
the lead to 19 points at the mid-way point of the second half. The Falcons
would chip away at the WVU lead to get the advantage down to just 11 points
with 4:24 remaining. However, WVU would use another 9-2 spurt to stretch the
lead back to 18 with two minutes to play as the Mountaineers wrapped up the
The Falcons will open the regular season on Saturday at 3
p.m. when they host Bowie State on the first day of the Joe Retton Classic.