WVU beats Rutgers, wins fourth straight

Kevin Pittsnogle scored 14 points on Senior Day as surging West Virginia beat Rutgers 76-58 Saturday.

The Mountaineers (18-8, 8-7 Big East), once an NCAA afterthought, continued a torrid team shooting pace in winning their fourth straight game and sixth in seven tries.

WVU hit 57.7 percent from the field in the opening half, including seven of 11 3-pointers, and set a school single-season record with 664 attempts, already eight more than the previous record set last year.

The barrage buried Rutgers as WVU took a 28-18 with 7:12 left in the first half by hitting six of its first seven 3-pointers. Five Mountaineers hit 3s in the stretch.

The Scarlet Knights (9-16, 2-12) never got closer than six points afterward in losing for the ninth time in its last 11 games. <> The Mountaineers, 12-7 at one point, have now won 18 games, the most since its last NCAA bid, in 1998.

It defeated ranked Pittsburgh teams twice in 18 days and, with road wins over LSU and NC State, are now a solid bubble team entering their last regular season game at Seton Hall on March 5.

Pat Beilein scored 12 points and Tyrone Sally and Jo Herber each added 11. Quincy Douby and Ricky Shields led Rutgers with 18 and 14 points, respectively.

Sally, a senior, gave WVU its largest lead of the game, 69-48 with 4:25 left. That came after Beilein hit three 3-pointers.

WVU still has not lost this season when shooting better than 38.1% from three-point range, 50% from the field, or scoring 70 points in a contest.

Sally and fellow senior D'or Fischer both set records in their final home games.

Fischer broke Phil Wilson's school record by blocking Shayle Keating with 11:13 left in the first half. It was Fischer's 179th block this season.

Fischer will leave West Virginia as its all-time career, single-season and blocks per game leader. His 382 career blocks rank 18th in NCAA history.

Sally scored his 1000th career point, becoming the 41st player in WVU history to do so.

WVU is now 21-5 versus Rutgers at the WVU Coliseum. It is 26-9 in home finales in the building.

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