The Mountaineers moved to 6-1 on the season with little trouble, as five WVU players hit double figures in the laugher.
WVU rolled up a 33 point first half advantage, riding several steals that led to easy hoops to break the game open early. At one point, WVU led 41-9, and threated to hold the Catamounts below the Coliseum opponent low scoring total of 13, set by Rhode Island in the mid 1980s.
The Mountaineers shot almost 68% in the first half, largely due to a number of dunks an layups against the overwhlemed visitors.
West Virginia limited the Catmaounts to 36% shooting from the field, including a 25% mark from the three point line. Western did manage to make the final score respectable by outscoring WVU 39-33 in the second half.
Patrick Beilein, who has been hampered by an illness, played only two minutes in the game.
The Mountaineers will take a considerable step up in class on Saturday when they face Tennessee at the Coliseum on Saturday. Game time is 4:00 p.m. The Tennessee contest is the final game of a four game series between the Volunteers and WVU.