Garrett Covington Scores 20 in Loss at West Virginia

Garrett Covington (Photo by Robert Hayes)
Garrett Covington (Photo by Robert Hayes)

Morgantown, W.Va. -- Sophomore Garrett Covington scored a game-high 20 points but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 106-72 decision to West Virginia on Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.

The Penguins fall to 3-6 overall while Mountaineers improved to 5-2.

West Virginia placed six players scoring in double figures led by James Bolden and Esa Ahman with 15 points each. Sagaba Konate posted 14 points while Wesley Harris, Brandon Knapper and Lamont West each added 10 points.

The Mountaineers used their size to their advantage by grabbing 18 offensive rebounds and scoring 27 second-change points and made 11 3-pointers. The Penguins were unable to their rhythm and shot 37.7 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range.

After falling behind by 13, 18-5, early in the first half, the Penguins clawed their way back into the game and sliced the Mountaineer lead down to six, 24-18, after a 13-6 run of their own after layup by Covington with 10:30 left.

West Virginia rebuilt its lead to 13, 42-29, but the Penguins scored eight of the next 10 points to get within seven, 44-37, on a 3-pointer by Michael Akuchie, a layup by Covington and another 3-pointer by Akuchie at the 4:08 mark.

The Mountaineers closed out the half on an 11-0 run and took a 55-37 lead into the lockerroom at halftime.

In the second half, West Virginia shot 52.5 percent from the field while the Penguins connected on 40.6 percent from the floor.

The Penguins return home to host Central Michigan, Tuesday, Dec.4. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.