Frank Young's hot start set the tone for West Virginia, and helped propel the Mountaineers to a hard fought five point victory over St. John's.
Young finished with 11 points, four rebounds, a pair of assists, and a blocked shot for West Virginia.
The junior from Tallahassee, Fla. hit three of his six three point tries in the same building where he starred in the Big East Tournament last March.
Kevin Pittsnogle had another good game, finishing with 19 points and just missing a double-double with nine rebounds. The 6'11" center hit a big three late in the second half to end a West Virginia field goal drought of more than seven minutes.
The Mountaineers officially improved to 4-0 this season in road games. In addition to the win over St. John's, West Virginia has beaten UCLA, South Florida, and Villanova on the road. Wins over St. Bonaventure (in Rochester) and Oklahoma (in Oklahoma City) technically count as neutral court games.
Last season, West Virginia was 6-5 on the road.
While the rebounding column was lopsided in favor of St. John's (41-22), the Mountaineers played "Beilein Ball" at its best in the win over the Red Storm.
A quick look at the box score shows 18 assists on 22 Mountaineer baskets. Compare that to St. John's, who tallied just nine assists on 25 field goals. The Mountaineers also turned the ball over a mere ten times, compared to 21 for St. John's.