Matthews, Mitchell, Stevenson lead WVU over Mount St. Mary’s

Nov 7, 2022, 5:00 AM | Updated: 7:05 pm
West Virginia forward Emmitt Matthews Jr. (1) shoots past Mount St. Mary's forward George Tinsley (...

West Virginia forward Emmitt Matthews Jr. (1) shoots past Mount St. Mary's forward George Tinsley (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

(AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

              West Virginia guard Kedrian Johnson (0) is defended by Mount St. Mary's guard Jalen Benjamin (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              Mount St. Mary's guard Deandre Thomas (2) dribbles past West Virginia guard Joe Toussaint (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              Mount St. Mary's guard Dakota Leffew (1) looks to make a move as West Virginia guard Kedrian Johnson (0) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              Mount St. Mary's forward George Tinsley (11) looks for an outlet as West Virginia guard Kobe Johnson (2) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              Mount St. Mary's guard Dakota Leffew (1) is defended by West Virginia forward Tre Mitchell (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              Mount St. Mary's forward Frantisek Barton (24) shoots over West Virginia forward Josiah Harris, left, guard Joe Toussaint, front, and forward Tre Mitchell, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              Mount St. Mary's guard Jalen Benjamin (5) shoots over West Virginia forward Mohamed Wague (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              West Virginia guard Kedrian Johnson (0) shoots past Mount St. Mary's forward Frantisek Barton (24) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              West Virginia forward Emmitt Matthews Jr. (1) shoots past Mount St. Mary's forward George Tinsley (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Emmitt Matthews scored 15 points in his return to West Virginia, Tre Mitchell added 13 points in his first game in nine months and the Mountaineers opened the season with a 76-58 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Monday night.

Erik Stevenson, a South Carolina transfer, overcame early foul trouble that forced him to miss most of the first half and finished with 10 points for West Virginia.

Matthews spent his first three seasons at West Virginia before transferring to Washington a year ago to be closer to family. A native of Tacoma, Washington, Matthew returned this season to Morgantown, where he’s been reunited with childhood friend Stevenson, who is from Lacey, Washington.

A crowd favorite, Matthews was making his 99th career start. He dunked on consecutive possessions midway through in the second half to put the Mountaineers ahead 44-29.

Mount St. Mary’s got no closer than 11 points the rest of the game.

Mitchell had 10 of his points in the second half. He is a Pittsburgh native who started 17 games at Texas last season but had not played since early February, when he took what the Longhorns called a personal leave of absence.

West Virginia had a 45-28 rebounding advantage but committed 18 turnovers, one more than Mount St. Mary’s.

Both teams struggled to score early. West Virginia’s lead was only 13-12 before scoring the next 15 points, including seven by Seth Wilson. Mount St. Mary’s ended its 10 minute field-goal drought with 1:34 left before the break and trailed 30-18 after shooting just 21.4%.

BIG PICTURE

Mount St. Mary’s: Jalen Benjamin scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half. Dakota Leffew added 12 points. Mount St. Mary’s was outscored in the paint 32-10 and got just 10 points from its bench.

West Virginia: Newly minted Hall of Fame coach Bob Huggins is overseeing a roster makeover after losing 10 players, mostly to the transfer portal, including the top four scorers. Eleven players saw at least 10 minutes of action and 10 of them scored.

UP NEXT

West Virginia plays at Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Mount St. Mary’s plays at Coppin State on Friday night.

___

More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Poland's Robert Lewandowski, center, works out with teammates during a training session in Doha, Qa...
Associated Press

World Cup Viewer’s Guide: Rested France faces Poland

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — France, the reigning World Cup champions, has been warned by coach Didier Deschamps not to underestimate Poland and star Robert Lewandowski in the knockout round Sunday. Les Blues breezed through the group stage and clinched a spot in the round of 16 with a game to spare, which allowed Deschamps to […]
1 day ago
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, left, talks to teammates during an NFL football practi...
Associated Press

Rust issues? Deshaun Watson’s long layoff could be factor

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Aside from battling the Houston Texans and some fans who are likely to taunt him, Deshaun Watson may have another not-so-visible opponent in his first NFL regular-season game in nearly two years. Rust. 700 days worth of it. Watson will make his long-awaited debut Sunday for the Cleveland Browns after serving […]
1 day ago
Spain's head coach Luis Enrique reacts during a training session at Qatar University, in Doha, Qata...
Associated Press

Spain coach Luis Enrique opens up at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Bicycle rides. Streaming sessions. Instagram posts. Honest talks about sex, politics and his late daughter. Luis Enrique, not long ago seen as one of the most uptight coaches in soccer, has opened up at the World Cup. He has been more accessible than ever in Qatar, showing his lighter side and […]
1 day ago
FILE - Uruguay's Luis Suarez, right, stops the ball with his hands to give away a penalty kick duri...
Associated Press

Suarez a World Cup great for Uruguay, ‘the devil’ for others

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The day before what was likely his last World Cup game, Luis Suarez walked into the room, sat down and placed himself squarely in the spotlight — again. Then a Ghanaian journalist let it all out: Ghana wants to “retire you,” he said to the Uruguay forward. You are “the devil […]
1 day ago
Crew members train for the Hoki Mai challenge, a voyage that covers almost 500 kilometers, or about...
Associated Press

Polynesian pride: Three-day canoe voyage in mid-Pacific

RAPA NUI, Chile (AP) — The causes are worthy, the course is daunting – almost 500 kilometers (about 300 miles) across a stretch of the Pacific Ocean in a large canoe. It’s the Hoki Mai Challenge, which started Saturday in Rapa Nui, a territory in the Pacific that is part of Chile and is better […]
1 day ago
Brazil's Alex Telles is injured during the World Cup group G soccer match between Cameroon and Braz...
Associated Press

Neymar expected to train again with Brazil at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Neymar is expected to train with Brazil again on Saturday while left back Alex Telles and forward Gabriel Jesus have been ruled out for the remainder of the World Cup after getting injured in the match against Cameroon. Neymar was expected to practice with the ball for the first time since […]
1 day ago
Matthews, Mitchell, Stevenson lead WVU over Mount St. Mary’s