West Virginia Topped Virginia Tech 88-63 to Win Its 11th in 12 to Start the Season.

BLACKSBURG, Va. - If there was any doubt about this one, it was erased just after the half when West Virginia's major run sealed an 88-63 blowout at Virginia Tech. Here's a look at some insights and analysis from the game.

*West Virginia had an injury scare in the early going, when forward Devin Williams appeared to hurt his right hand going up for a rebound on a Daxter Miles miss. Williams soldiered through the next two possessions, but came out of the game at the next dead ball. Williams then went to the end of the bench to be seen by trainers, visibly in pain. A crowd of Mountaineers gathered around their leading scorer at the next timeout, as the big man kept his right hand wrapped in a towel.

*Without its star, West Virginia jumped out to an 8-5 lead at the first media timeout. The Mountaineer pressure got to the Hokies early, as they turned the ball over three times in the game’s first four minutes. Williams came back in the game at the five-minute mark, and showed no signs of wariness with his hurt hand. He dove on the floor for a loose ball, earning WVU an extra possession, and found teammate Jonathan Holton wide open under the basket for a layup to extend the lead to 13-5.

*West Virginia continued to ratchet up the pressure on this young Hokie team, forcing them to earn every inch of space they got. At the under-12 media timeout, Virginia Tech had turned the ball over seven times, while West Virginia had given it up just once on its way to a 19-11 lead.

*The Hokies worked their way back into a close game with a measured approach on offense, fighting their way through the press and getting some open looks at the basket to cut WVU’s lead to 21-19 with just under 10 minutes to play in the half. The Mountaineers committed their 10th team foul of the half with over seven minutes to play, which sent Virginia Tech to the line for a pair of free throws on every subsequent foul in the first period. This game, as well as any others, showed the season has been a feeling out process for this team when it comes to how refs will call a game, and it seems to be different each time out.

*West Virginia used an 8-2 run to push its lead back to double digits at 33-23 with 5:30 to play in the half. Elijah Macon was instrumental in the run, playing good post defense and knocking down some free throws with confidence, which is an area that has plagued him early in his career.

*After leading by as much as 13 points, West Virginia went into the locker room with a 46-36 lead. A five-point flurry engineered by Jevon Carter and Tarik Phillip in the half’s final 37 seconds turned a two-possession game into a comfortable lead for the Mountaineers.

*The Mountaineers opened the second half on a 13-3 run to take a 20-point lead at 59-39 with 16:30 to play. The cumulative effect of the pressure started to show up, as the Hokies started to come unraveled. The next five minutes resembled a tug-of-war contest between these two teams, as they went back-and-forth. West Virginia was unable to push its lead out much further, but also kept the Hokies from cutting into it a great deal.

*Carter slipped and took a fall during an offensive set at about the eight minute mark. He hobbled to the sideline on a bad left ankle, and tried to work the pain out as his teammates huddled around Huggins during the next timeout. Carter had been the Mountaineers best offensive option on the day up to that point, pouring in 18 points while shooting 8-for-10 from the floor, dishing out three assists and grabbing two rebounds.

His guard running mate, Daxter Miles, picked up his fourth personal foul with just under eight minutes to play in the half, resigning him to a seat on the bench for much of the remainder of the game.

*West Virginia, howwever, put the clamps down in the next three minutes, extending its lead to 83-57 with 4:41 left in the game and sending many of the maroon and orange clad fans in attendance streaming for the exits. The Mountaineers cruised the rest of the way, notching their 11th win of the season and their second-straight against the Hokies.

Four players reached doule figures for West Virginia, led by 18 from Carter and 17 from Paige. Carter hit eight of 10 shots from the field; Jonathan Holton managed 13 rebounds, just two off his career high set against Lafayette in 2014. DShane Henry scored a dozen points for Tech, while forward Zach Delay had 11 points - seven from the line - and nine rebounds in being limited against WVU's interior. Delay missed five of sevn from the field. 

*The Mountaineers finished with advantages in nearly every statistical category, including a 42-24 edge in rebounds, a 22-17 advantage in turnovers and a doubling up of Virginia Tech with 10 steals to the Hokies' five.  WVU shot 50 percent to VT's 47.4 percent. 

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