West Virginia Routs Western Carolina

After getting a challenge from their first two Southern Conference foes, West Virginia was expecting more of the same from the Western Carolina Catamounts on Saturday night.

The expected challenge never materialized, however, as West Virginia blew away the Catamounts 49-16 in the first half on the way to a 82-55 win.

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.

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