FINAL: West Virginia defeats UAB, 65-59

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WVU head coach Bob Huggins vs. Radford (PHOTO: Jamie Green)

West Virginia men’s basketball hit the road down to Alabama to face UAB for its first away game after a five-game homestand. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network.

This contest is a special one for Bob Huggins, as he squares off against former assistant coach Andy Kennedy, who now heads the Blazers’ program. This is the second in what has turned out to be a reunion tour of a non-conference schedule, as he defeated Darris Nichols’ Radford squad in November, and he will soon face Jerod Calhoun’s Youngstown State team on Wednesday.

Stop here for live updates as the game unfolds.

WEST VIRGINIA STARTERS:

  • G Kedrian Johnson
  • G Taz Sherman
  • G Sean McNeil
  • F Jalen Bridges
  • F Isaiah Cottrell

UAB STARTERS:

  • G Jordan Walker
  • G Quan Jackson
  • G Tavin Lovan
  • F KJ Buffen
  • C Trey Jamison

2ND HALF

FINAL: West Virginia defeats UAB, 65-59.

0:27 (UAB 57, WVU 61): UAB has officially resorted to late-game fouling.

1:20 (UAB 54, WVU 58): The momentum is squarely in favor of the Mountaineers. Taz Sherman gives WVU its largest lead of the game so far with a contested three-pointer that sails right through the net, but soon after, the team loses its most important defender as Gabe Osabuohien fouls out.

3:42 (UAB 54, WVU 51): WVU gets on a 7-2 run to get back within a possession — at this point, the winner will be whichever team is able to make fewer mistakes. UAB has committed eight turnovers in the second half alone, compared to WVU’s three, but still, the Blazers have taken better advantage of those extra opportunities throughout the game. They were dealt a pretty major blow minutes ago, however, as Buffen took the bench after his fifth foul.

9:23 (UAB 49, WVU 40): Keddy Johnson gets a fastbreak bucket for his first score — now, every Mountaineer that has played tonight has earned a bucket. Still, the situation doesn’t look great for the Mountaineers: every time they get a run, UAB is able to hunker down and take momentum back. KJ Buffen is especially tough for WVU to counter, adding six points and five rebounds this half alone.

11:55 (UAB 44, WVU 37): The rebounding battle is starting to swing in favor of the Blazers, but WVU is hanging tough. Taz Sherman has gotten his game total up to double digits, including nine points in the second half. No other Mountaineer has more than four.

15:23 (UAB 38, WVU 31): The Blazers open the second half with a 9-5 run to build its lead a little bit. WVU’s only offense so far has come from Sherman, who made his first three-pointer of the contest two minutes out of the break — as a team, West Virginia is 2-for-7 from the field.

1ST HALF

HALF: UAB takes a 29-26 lead to the locker room over West Virginia. Taz Sherman was able to get a score before the halftime break.

3:49 (UAB 18, WVU 20): The Mountaineers have moved in front for the first time this contest after a 12-2 run, and the Mountaineers have made their last five field goals. There is good news, and there is bad news — the bad is that Taz Sherman hasn’t scored any points so far. The good news is the Mountaineers haven’t needed him, as they’ve had eight scorers so far tonight, led by Jalen Bridges and Pauly Paulicap with four points each. Jamal Johnson of UAB leads everyone with six.

7:49 (UAB 16, WVU 12): Pauly Paulicap has scored WVU’s last two buckets coming out of the last media timeout, keeping the Mountaineers in it early. WVU is also staying alive by winning the glass battle, 12-10 so far — but their six turnovers are giving the Blazers plenty of extra opportunities. Bob Huggins also lost a little depth shortly before this stoppage as Malik Curry went to the locker room after twisting his left ankle.

11:31 (UAB 14, WVU 8): West Virginia is struggling offensively to start the game. They’ve already committed a handful of turnovers which have turned into the majority of UAB’s points so far. UAB is doing a good job of stuffing Taz Sherman and Sean McNeil, only the latter of which has scored thus far.

West Virginia wins the opening tip — we are underway in Birmingham.

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