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West Virginia Vs. Providence: 'Eers Struggles Continue, Trail 42-36 At Halftime

The Mountaineers recent struggles continued early in today's road contest with the Providence Friars, which has the Friars leading 42-36 at halftime. Providence put WVU at arm's length early with a mid-half 12-4 run. The Mountaineers largest deficit was 15, but they managed to battle back somewhat before the halftime buzzer, going on a 12-6 run to cut the margin to 6.

Providence has sliced up the Mountaineer defense from all angles, shooting a hot 63% for the half. The Friars connected on 14 of the game's first 16 shots. They found easy paths to the basket, and they shot 5 for 8 from three point land, including their first four in a row.

The Mountaineers have seen Deniz Kilicli lead the way in the first half with 11 points and a pair of rebounds. The big Turk has managed to take advantage of the Friars' focus on Kevin Jones. Jones has struggled with double teams early, only tallying 7 points and 3 rebounds. Truck Bryant hit his first shot of the game, a three pointer, but missed his subsequent six shots before hitting a three just before the half, and has 8 points for the half.

The Friars are led by guards Bryce Cotton and Gerard Coleman who had 12 and 11 points respectively.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.