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October 19, 2013

Huggins Surprised by Gold-Blue Shooting Woes

At Friday Night's Gold and Blue Debut, the West Virginia basketball team, didn't shoot the ball well. Players on both the gold squad and the blue squad struggled to really get anything going offensively in a game that ended 41-32 with Blue beating Gold.

After two solid weeks of practice, Head Coach Bob Huggins was surprised the way his team failed to put the ball in the basket.

"I was a little surprised we didn't make more shots, the one thing we've done pretty consistently is make shots and make open shots," said Huggins.

The Blue team shot just 33% from the field, while the Gold team finished the scrimmage at 27% from the field. And the two teams were a combined six for a 37 from beyond the arch.

With such an experienced, Huggins possibly believes the lack of effectiveness on the floor stems from the program's inexperienced players.

"Part of it was that we didn't run up and down, we have so many new guys that we're trying to teach them so much," said Huggins, "We really haven't gotten up and down so I think that factored in a little bit."

The leading scorer in the scrimmage was Jonathan Holton finishing with 11 points and fifty percent from the field. Holton looked good at times and a threat offensively, but with him likely being ineligible moving forward others will have to shoot the ball better.

Freshman Nathan Adrian made two three pointed but also missed six of them, while sophomore Terry Henderson looked like the best player on the court at times, he even ten shots from the field finishing with just 9 points.

And after raving about the way Gary Browne improved through the offseason, Huggins was disappointed to see Browne finish one of five from three-point range.

"Gary's been shooting the ball a lot, and he didn't shoot it very well tonight, but nobody did," said Huggins, "Three for nineteen for one team from three and three for eighteen from three for the other team, that's not very good."

West Virginia will look to improve upon that before hitting the road for a close scrimmage against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Huggins feels between now and next weekend, WVU has to work on converting simple shots.

"We have to make a shot or two, we didn't shoot it very well, and we have to do a better job of running offense," said Huggins, "It'll be easier to do that when we put Gary (Browne), Eron (Harris), Terry (Henderson), and Kevin (Noreen) together."

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