WVU drills Penguins

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — James “Beetle” Bolden and Esa Ahmad each scored 15 points to lead West Virginia over Youngstown State, 106-72, on Saturday.

It took no time at all for the offense to get started for the Mountaineers (5-2), as Bolden scored 11 points in the first five minutes, leading WVU on a 16-5 opening run.

While Youngstown State (3-6) remained solid shooting the ball at times, it relied too much on pulling up beyond the arc. Of 69 shot attempts, 36 were of the 3-point variety. The Penguins made just nine of them.

Sagaba Konate returned to the Mountaineers lineup — after missing their 92-78 win over Rider on Wednesday — with 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins earned his 850th career victory.

Garrett Covington led the Penguins with 20 points. Naz Bohannon added 10 rebounds.

The Penguins return home to face Central Michigan on Tuesday.