Rutgers crushed by WVU

Jonathan Mitchell matched a career high with 17 points, but that was the lone bright spot as Rutgers opened the road portion of its Big East schedule with an 86-52 loss at West Virginia. It is Rutgers' third straight loss, and came after close losses to North Carolina and Cincinnati.

Rutgers first foray on the Big East road this season began is dismal fashion and ended markedly worse.

No. 8 West Virginia scored nine of the game's first 11 points and were never threatened as the Scarlet Knights fell 86-52 to the Mountaineers on Wednesday at the WVU Coliseum.

It is Rutgers' third straight loss, and worst since a 97-57 defeat to top-ranked North Carolina in December 2008. It is the worst conference loss since a 37-point defeat at Louisville on Feb. 2, 2008.

"I used to watch Bobby Knight's Indiana team and their motion (offense), and say that was the hardest thing to guard and it is,'' Rutgers coach Fred Hill said to the media after the game. "But West Virginia takes that to another level.

"Indiana maybe had three players that were very skilled and two guys that would go set screens. Every player for West Virginia that starts can play any one of those positions."

Power forward Jonathan Mitchell matched his career-high to lead Rutgers (9-5, 0-2 Big East) in scoring with 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting. Guard Mike Rosario was the only other Scarlet Knight in double digits with 11 points on 4 of 14 shooting.

West Virginia (12-1, 3-0) was led in scoring by Kevin Jones' 19 points. De'Sean Butler and Darryl Bryant each added 15 points in the easy win.

"Coming off a tough loss at Purdue, you know (the Mountaineers) were going to come out physical, aggressive, tough and they did a great job,'' Hill said. "They took away everything we wanted to do. We've got a lot of young kids, and I think they got their first lesson on just how tough this league could be."

The Mountaineers led 47-30 at the half and were never challenged in the second half.

The Scarlet Knights didn't record their first basket of the second half until Mitchell's tip-in with 11:38 left, and by then West Virginia built a 30 point lead.

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