West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Portland St. Vikings Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 25th 2022

Stadium: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter Portland
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West Virginia won its first four games by an average of 23.8 points before sustaining its initial blemish of the campaign.

The Mountaineers (4-1) now look to bounce back from the defeat when they face Portland State (2-3) on Friday night in the consolation side of the bracket of the Phil Knight Legacy in Portland, Ore.

West Virginia was outclassed 80-68 by No. 24 Purdue on Thursday night in its opening game of the tournament. The Mountaineers never once held the lead in the contest.

The difference in West Virginia's play was due to the caliber of opponent in the eyes of coach Bob Huggins.

"We were 4-0 because we were better," Huggins said. "We still didn't execute the way we need to execute. We've turned the ball over at a very alarming rate, and we refuse to rebound it."

The Mountaineers shot 41.3 percent from the field on Thursday, including a shaky 5 of 22 (22.7 percent) from 3-point range.

Erik Stevenson led West Virginia with 17 points but missed part of the second half due to a sprained foot. Huggins downplayed the injury after the game.

Stevenson averages a team-best 14.6 points per game. Joe Toussaint (11.6) and Tre Mitchell (11.0) also average in double digits.

Portland State was routed 102-78 by sixth-ranked Gonzaga on Thursday.

The Vikings were hoping to be semi-competitive after beating Oregon State of the Pac-12 79-66 on Saturday, but they were unable to cope with the Bulldogs' heavy edge in talent. Portland State trailed by as many as 27 points.

"I thought we really competed and played hard," Vikings coach Jase Coburn said. "Gonzaga is a really good team, one of the best in the country. We had a bad stretch in the first half where they were scoring and we didn't. They are really good at exposing your mistakes on defense."

Jorell Saterfield scored 21 points for his second straight 20-plus-point outing. He shot 5 of 8 from 3-point range and leads Portland State with an 18.2 scoring average.

Cameron Parker added 16 points and eight assists for the Vikings. He ranks second in scoring at 14.4 and is averaging a team-leading six assists per game.

--Field Level Media

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West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Portland St. Vikings Recap NOV 25TH 2022

Tre Mitchell scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting to help West Virginia post an easy 89-71 victory over Portland State on Friday night in consolation play of the Phil Knight Legacy at Portland, Ore.

The result gave Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins his 921st career win, snapping a tie with Jim Calhoun to move into sole possession of third place on the NCAA's all-time men's Division I coaching victories list.

Emmitt Matthews Jr. scored 14 points, Kedrian Johnson had 12 points and four steals and Seth Wilson also had 12 points on four 3-pointers for West Virginia (5-1). Erik Stevenson and Joe Toussaint had 11 points apiece for the Mountaineers.

Cameron Parker was 13 of 13 from the free-throw line while scoring 19 points for Portland State (2-4). Hunter Woods added 12 points for the Vikings.

West Virginia will face Florida in the fifth-place game on Sunday.

Portland State will meet Oregon State in Sunday's seventh-place game. The Vikings defeated the Beavers 79-66 in Corvallis last Saturday.

West Virginia shot 60.8 percent from the field, including 7 of 16 from 3-point range. The Mountaineers scored 32 points off 24 Vikings' turnovers.

Portland State made 38.3 percent of its shots and was 5 of 20 from behind the arc.

The Vikings were trailing by 20 points before they scored 10 consecutive points to pull within 60-50 with 13:02 left in the game. Parker capped the run by driving through the Mountaineers' defense for a layup.

Toussaint responded with back-to-back baskets to halt the Portland State surge.

The Mountaineers got the lead back over 20 when Jimmy Bell Jr. made a layup to make it 85-64 with three minutes left. The lead topped out at 23 points.

Johnson scored 12 first-half points and Mitchell had 10 as West Virginia held a 53-36 lead.

The Mountaineers shot 65.5 percent (19 of 29) in the half and scored 23 points off 16 Portland State turnovers.

West Virginia led by three before going on a 15-5 run to open up a 28-15 lead with 10:31 left in the half. Toussaint scored back-to-back baskets to end the spurt.

The Vikings pulled within 33-26 on a 3-pointer by Woods before the Mountaineers scored 10 of the next 11 points to increase their lead to 16.

Wilson drained a 3-pointer with just under five seconds left for the 17-point halftime cushion.

--Field Level Media