Another Blowout

West Virginia's hot offensive start to the season continued on Saturday, as the Mountaineers put up another 80-point performance against Presbyterian.

WVU took a 26-point lead at the half and cruised to another victory at the Coliseum – this time a 88-55 win.

It's the first time since November 2012 that WVU has beaten two straight opponents by 30 or more points. It's also the first three-game winning streak the team has had since early February last year.

"We have more guys who can make shots. It's really pretty simple. You look like a good offensive coach when you have guys who can score," said WVU head coach Bob Huggins. "I kind of like this. I don't know why I'm playing Purdue and Gonzaga ... It's a little more relaxing sitting down there."

WVU has hit the 80-point mark in four straight games for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

The Mountaineers have now scored 40 or more points in all but one half this season.

"We were relaxed in the first half, but we picked it right up. Before the game, we talked about approaching every game like it's the Kansas game and every half like it's the first half," Harris said. "We did a better job at that today."

West Virginia was led once again by the duo of sophomore guard Eron Harris and junior point guard Juwan Staten.

Harris had a team-high 19 points including three threes. Staten had a near double-double once again, as he scored 16 points and had seven assists. He didn't turn the ball over.

Freshman forward Devin Williams recorded his second-career double-double. He finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Junior forward Remi Dibo finished with 14 points.

West Virginia shot 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc. Presbyterian could only score on 38 percent of its shots - but that went up as the game went along in the second half.

WVU controlled the boards for a second straight game, as it had 12 more than the Blue Hose.

A few days after a disappointing second-half performance defensively, the Mountaineers seemed to put it together for an entire game for the first time. WVU only allowed 10 points in the paint, and Presbyterian would go through a handful of long stretches without points from the floor in the game.

West Virginia was successful with its 1-3-1 defense, as well.

"The whole conversation before the game was just about us getting better on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball," Williams said. "We knew that we were going to beat up on these two teams ... but we wanted to do the little things that we need to get better at."

West Virginia (4-1) has won three straight games since its only loss of the season at Virginia Tech. The Mountaineers head back onto the road again next week, as they travel to Cancun for the final two games of the Cancun Challenge on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We're definitely going down there to win and bring back a championship," Staten said.

West Virginia didn't start out as strong as it did a few days ago against Georgia Southern, but the Mountaineers still didn't struggle to score early on.

WVU would score the first seven points before the Blue Hose got on the board. Presbyterian would cut the lead to five points, but WVU followed that with an 8-3 run to take a 20-10 advantage.

The Blue Hose would stay around, and scored six straight before an athletic layup by Staten made it 22-16 West Virginia. WVU added a jumper from forward Kevin Noreen and a three from forward Remi Dibo to forced PC to take a timeout down by 11 with a little more than eight minutes to play in the first half.

Presbyterian would go nearly six minutes without a field goal later on, allowing WVU to extend its lead all the way to 17 points at 35-18 with about four minutes to play in the first half.

From the time it was 20-16, the Mountaineers ended the half on a 28-6 run to give them a 48-22 advantage at the break.

WVU would only extend its lead in the second half, as it gained a 30-point lead with 16:10 to play and would have a lead as high as 38 points.

Presbyterian was led by guard Jordan Downing, who had 18 points in a losing effort.


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