West Virginia won for the fourth time in five games, pasting St. John's by a final of 75-52.
Leading the way for the Mountaineers was senior guard Alex Ruoff, who turned in a Joe Herber-like performance in the lopsided West Virginia win.
Ruoff finished with 17 points on seven-of-17 shooting. The Spring Hill, Fla. native filled out the stat sheet nicely with six rebounds, seven assists, four steals and just one turnover in a team-high 37 minutes of play.
With starting point guard Truck Bryant linited to just five second-half minutes while he battled leg cramps, Ruoff stepped in to run the point as the Mountaineers never led by less than 16 points over the final frame.
With starting center Wellington Smith limited to just nine minutes of play due to a slight knee sprain suffered in practice on Monday, freshman reserve Kevin Jones stepped in to contributed 21 productive minutes off the bench.
Jones finished with eight points and six rebounds in his most extensive playing time since the January 14 win over Marshall. He was also credited with an assist, a block and a steal. Despite his limited time on the court, Smith still finished with five blocks.
Another freshman forward, Devin Ebanks, continued to show signs of progression on offense, particularly in the second half. Ebanks finished with 10 points on four-of-nine shooting. The Long Island City, N.Y. native showed a soft shooting touch from mid-range, and also finished with eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 32 minutes.
Of his eight rebounds, six came in the second half.
At least for a couple of minutes, it looked as though WVU head coach Bob Huggins had gone back to his roots of extended pressure defense. The Mountaineers unveiled a half-court trap for the first time this season, which fazed St. John's ever so slightly as the Red Storm turned the ball over upon seeing the look for the first time.
WVU finished with 23 points off of 18 St. John's turnovers.