MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Lamont West scored 20 points to lead West Virginia over Rider 92-78 on Wednesday night.
The Mountaineers (4-2) missed their first six shots, making just 7 of 31 shots in the first 13 minutes. But West and Esa Ahmad led West Virginia on a 22-8 run to close the half for a 43-36 lead. The Mountaineers finished the first half shooting 33 percent, their second worst half of the season.
WVU opened the second half on a 13-2 run and the Broncs (2-2) were not able to cut it to single digits after that.
Ahmad added 16 points, James “Beetle” Bolden scored 12 and Emmit Matthews Jr had a career-high 11 for WVU. Chase Harler scored a season-high 11 points. Logan Routt led the team in rebounds with eight and Wesley Harris had seven.