Stephen F Austin has beaten West Virginia. Generally it is the Mountaineers who rule but Friday night changed the rules of the game.
Friday saw Mountaineers being beaten up at their own game. The Mountaineers are generally ranked second in their city.
It was 14th-seeded Stephen F. Austin that turned out to be victorious, with 70-56 as the Lumberjacks thrust defense mechanism was far more effective than West Virginia’s, reports Yahoo.
Nobody thought Stephen to be dangerous, as the Mountaineers admit that they didn’t “practice well” for the match.
“Their play showed how focused and prepared they were, and we just didn’t take it serious,” West Virginia forward Devin Williams said.
“That’s what happens in this tournament when you don’t take people serious. They just scouted well and soaked in what the coaching staff was giving,” the Mountaineers lamented.
Thomas Walkup can be called the dark horse of the game, as he scored 33 points on only 15 shots by attacking off the dribble and getting to the foul line 20 times.
“I don’t know why anybody would waste energy pressing us,” Huggins said. “We’ll throw it to you regardless. That would be a waste of energy really. We’re very charitable. We’re one of the most charitable groups in college basketball. The second straight game we’ve turned it over 20 times.”
Over the past three years, Stephen F has only lost one Southland Conference game.”In 2014, the Lumberjacks beat Virginia Commonwealth in overtime as a No. 12 seed, before losing to UCLA in the round of 32,” reports the Washington Post.
“Stephen F. Austin will take on the winner of No. 11 Michigan and No. 6 Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon at Barclays Center”, Sports Illustrated reports.