Good Knight, Mountaineers

Ricky Shields' 20 points on streaky three-point shooting Sunday led Rutgers to a 77-59 win over West Virginia. Rashod Kent added 19 points and 12 rebounds in a key inside effort.

Rutgers (12-7, 3-4 Big East) missed its first 10 three-pointers in a sloppy first half before Shields hit four in a nine minute span in the second half to help the Scarlet Knights open a 20-point lead, 64-44, with 8:05 remaining. He finished four of eight from behind the arc. The rest of the squad was two of 13.

RU is 8-1 when Shields reaches double figures.

Kent's presence altered many inside shots and was the main reason West Virginia (7-11, 0-6) missed its first nine tries from the field and hit just seven of 40 (17.5 percent) in the half. The Mountaineers shot 29.3 percent from the field, the lowest of the season.

Both teams combined for 19 of 73 shooting in a sloppy first half that saw 16 turnovers and four assists.

WVU point guard Jonathan Hargett, a starter before arthroscopic knee surgery, returned after missing the last two games recovering. He and Chris Moss led WVU with 12 points. Moss had nine rebounds.

West Virginia has lost nine consecutive games and 10 of 11. It tied the longest losing streak in school history, set in 1937-38.

The Mountaineers dropped to 1-11 when being outshot from three-point range. WVU tallied a season-high 51 rebounds. Rutgers had 41.

WVU head coach Gale Catlett issued a brief statement, then refused to answer questions following the game. It is the first time in recent memory that has occured.

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