WVU wins opener, 82-70

D'or Fischer scored 24 points to lead West Virginia to an 82-70 win over St. Peter's in the opener for both teams Saturday.

Fischer's WVU career-high, including 18 in the second half when it was needed most, paced the Mountaineers (1-0) when they were plagued by poor shooting midway through the first half.

After WVU hit six of 13 three-pointers in the first half, it went cold midway through the second. It was then that St. Peter's rallied from a 16-point deficit to within 55-46 on Keydren Clark's lay-in with 11:28 left.

West Virginia then turned to its inside game in Fischer. The center responded by making his next four shots, including three straight lay-ins and a jumper just inside the three-point arc. He hit another mid-range jumper to end the 10-point burst.

"I threw my hands up in disbelief," Fischer said. "I couldn't believe they were giving me the open shot. They either didn't respect it, or our forwards get a lot of credit for getting me open."

It was actually exactly according to the Peacocks' gameplan.

"We wanted Fischer to shoot it," St. Peter's head coach Bob Leckie said. "But it was pick your poison. The three-pointers went in and they had Fischer."

West Virginia was somewhat shaky, hitting three consecutive three-pointers twice but missing 15 of 18 otherwise. The first burst gave WVU the lead for good at 15-10. The second, after Fischer's rally, pushed the lead to a game-high 16 at 78-62 and sealed the win.

Fischer finished 11 of 13 from the floor and was one point from tying a career collegiate high. Fischer also blocked four shots and had nine rebounds.

Tyrone Sally and Mike Gansey added 16 points apiece for WVU, which had five players score in double-figures. The Mountaineers, 64 percent shooters in the first half, also went seven-of-eight from the foul line.

Clark led St. Peter's with a game-high 28 points. Clark led the NCAA in points per game last season. Terrance Watkins scored 19 points.

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