Mitchell scores 21, West Virginia beats Morehead State 75-57

Nov 15, 2022, 4:16 AM | Updated: 6:21 pm
Morehead State guard Drew Thelwell (3) shoots as West Virginia guard Erik Stevenson (10) defends du...

Morehead State guard Drew Thelwell (3) shoots as West Virginia guard Erik Stevenson (10) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

(AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

              Morehead State guard Mark Freeman (0) shoots while defended by West Virginia guard Joe Toussaint, behind, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              Morehead State guard Mark Freeman (0) is defended by West Virginia guard Kedrian Johnson (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              Morehead State forward Alex Gross (45) dunks while defended by West Virginia forward Jimmy Bell Jr. (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              Morehead State guard Mark Freeman (0) is defended by West Virginia forward Jimmy Bell Jr. (15) and guard Joe Toussaint (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              Morehead State guard Drew Thelwell (3) is defended by West Virginia guards Kedrian Johnson (0) and Erik Stevenson, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              West Virginia coach Bob Huggins reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Morehead State in Morgantown, W.Va., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              Morehead State guard Drew Thelwell (3) shoots as West Virginia guard Erik Stevenson (10) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Tre Mitchell scored 21 points and West Virginia overcame a sluggish start to beat Morehead State 75-57 on Tuesday night.

Coach Bob Huggins earned his 919th career win, moving within one of Jim Calhoun for third place all-time among Division I coaches, behind only Jim Boeheim of Syracuse and recently retired Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Jimmy Bell and Mo Wague added 10 points apiece for West Virginia (3-0), which has won every game by double digits.

Alex Gross scored 12 points and Mark Freeman had 10 for Morehead State (2-2).

Emmitt Matthews scored seven of his nine points during a 21-4 run and West Virginia extended a nine-point halftime lead to 65-39 with 7:25 remaining.

Things didn’t start out so well for the Mountaineers. West Virginia committed five turnovers in the first three minutes and Huggins soon was issued a technical foul. The Mountaineers also had a shot-clock violation and trailed 8-4 six minutes into the game.

Ohio Valley Conference preseason favorite Morehead State had its own problems. The Eagles were called for four offensive fouls in the first 12 minutes and had 12 first-half turnovers.

Mitchell, who is not fully healed from a preseason foot injury, scored six points during a 10-2 run, had 15 in the first half and the Mountaineers led 37-28 at halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Morehead State: The Eagles couldn’t keep up, making 33% (10 of 30) of their field goals after halftime after shooting 50% in the first half.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers had 42 points in the paint and eventually turned the game into a track meet, scoring 32 points off of 20 Morehead State turnovers.

UP NEXT

Morehead State plays at Vanderbilt on Friday night.

West Virginia hosts Penn on Friday night.

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Mitchell scores 21, West Virginia beats Morehead State 75-57