West Virginia Vs. Syracuse: 'Eers Up On Orange By 4 At The Half Behind Hot 3 Point Shooting

At halftime, the MOuntaineers lead 30-24 behind some hot three point shooting.  Here are some first half thoughts:

  • Three point shooting kept the Mountaineers in it early, but that waned as the half wore on.  Casey Mitchell, Dalton Pepper, John Flowers and Truck Bryant all hit big threes.  Didn't stop there, and mid-half it degenerated into a lazy chuck-fest. 
  • When the offense goes through the high post, it seems to work.  Both Deniz Kilicli and Kevin Jones have proven they can hit the ten-footer.  Cam Thoroughman has passed from the post successfully, though he spent much of the half on the bench with two fouls.
  • The 'Cuse run-outs are killing the 'Eers.  They can't seem to run offense against WVU's man to man defense, but in transition they've been eating the 'Eers lunch. Nothing causes run-outs like bad offense, and WVU's run some of that.
  • Late in the half, the mojo comes back and Flowers and Mitchell hit back to back threes and suddenly West Virginia goes from struggling to leading. Right now they're 7 for 13 from deep.  That's huge.
  • So, despite getting out worked on the boards and letting the 'Cuse get some run outs that led to easy buckets, the 'Eers have to be happy.  If they can keep hitting their deep shots, it could be easy.  If they can't, and I honestly don't think they will, they'll need to continue to work it into the key and hope KJ and the Turk can hit the mid-range shot. Whatever the shot selection, crashing the boards and rotating back on defense will be key to second half success.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.