Beilein, son of former WVU and current Michigan coach John Beilein, is trying to put his signature on a program in much the same way his father has at several different places.
It doesn't take long in watching the Bobcats (6-5 overall, 3-4 WVC) to see the glaring similarities between the two coaches. The same quiet demeanor, calming presence, and teach-first, yell-later philosophy is evident for fans who've spent any time at all watching Pat's father stalk the sidelines whether at WVU, Michigan or elsewhere.
Beilein admitted he has absorbed all he can from his dad.
"I want to be calm and composed," Beilein said. "Any time you see a coach that gets sped up and starts ranting and raving, that transfers to the court. I'm a teacher first. I'm not a yeller or a screamer. After a few teaching points, if they don't understand it then you have to raise your voice, but I prefer to teach the game - let them have fun rather than if they make a mistake pulling them out of the game."
State coach Bryan Poore, like most people, is probably happy for both Cottrill and Beilein, but Poore was a long way from a smile after watching his team miss shot after shot at the rim on Monday.
The Yellow Jackets (5-7, 3-4) scored 105 points in a win over Glenville State on Saturday and it seemed that the return of players like Brandon Ross and Raymon Austin from injuries would signal the end of the offensive woes his team had faced throughout the first half of the season.
But while four State players finished in double figures (Jalen Walker 14, Austin 12, David Ford 11 and Anton Hutchins 10), State shot just 35.8 percent from the floor while Wesleyan hit 46.4 percent.
Poore said he had an inkling long before the game started that it might not be a good one for his squad.
"I didn't think we had it at shootaround today," Poore said. "I told them at shootaround today that their body language told me they didn't have that same excitement that they had two nights ago. We hadn't played in so long and we'd been back practicing so they were really excited to get to play the other night. And now, you win one and feel good about yourself and they lost whatever that is. They lost it."
Whether State was flat, or just not able to make shots or Wesleyan was simply a better team, Monday night in Institute belonged to Cottrill, Beilein and the Bobcats - and Cottrill, for one, was more than happy with the result.
"It was great," Cottrill said of playing in Charleston. "I had to go into it looking at it like it was just another game, so I didn't get too hyped. But I had a lot of family here, my mom was here who hasn't seen me play in probably three years, so it was a great experience. I cherish it - every chance I get to come down here."
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