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Culver leads West Virginia

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — West Virginia missed its first 10 shots of the game. The Mountaineers still raced to a 13-0 lead over VCU.

Warren G. Harding graduate Derek Culver had 23 points and 15 rebounds to help No. 15 West Virginia beat VCU 78-66 on Thursday in the Bad Boys Mowers Crossover Classic semifinals.

“I try to play hard on the defensive end and the offense was just going to follow,” Culver said. “I just ended up getting in there and playing hard.”

West Virginia (2-0) will face Western Kentucky in the final today.

Culver rebounded from a seven-point game Wednesday night in the Mountaineers’ opening victory over South Dakota State, finishing two shy of his career high. He was 8 of 14 from the field.

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