The Mountaineers were sterling throughout most of the game, hiitting 57.4% of their shots and running their disciplined offensive sets to near perfection. WVU suffered just eight turnovers in the game, with two of those coming after they had rolled out to a 19 point lead late in the second half.
West Virginia ran screens that freed players for jumpshots, executed backdoor cuts, penetrated to the basket, and generally provided a showcase for John Beilein style basketball.
Rutgers, while shooting the ball well in their own right, simply couldn't keep pass with the patient and efficient Mountaineer attack, which several times left the crowd of 5,407 gasping or saying "oooooh" after slick bits of ball-handling and passing.
The Mountaineer offensive onslaught was led by Drew Schifino, who scored 32 efficient points on 12-18 shooting from the field. Schifino also broke out of a recent outside shooting slump, hitting two of three three-point attempts. Player of the game Kevin Pittsnogle had a career high 26 points on 10-15 shooting, and added a perfect 4-4 night from the free throw line.
The Mountaineer racked up 20 assists on their 31 made shots, which demonstrates their growing comfort level with Beilein's offensive system.
"We're doing a better job of reading one another as a team, and that's what we need to do on offense and defense," a pleased Beilein said after the game.
After falling behind by three points early, WVU went on a 12-0 run to take a 17-8 lead with 14:05 to go in their first half. Rutgers was able to close that gap to four points at 34-30 with 5:12 to go, but the Mountaineer immediately went on another run. This one, a 12-3 job, put WVU's lead at 13, and from there the rout was on. West Virginia pushed the lead out to as many as 21 points in the second half, and though Rutgers was able to close the gap to ten late in the game, the outcome was never in doubt.
Guard Jerom Coleman led Rutgers with 30 points, but couldn't match the combined firepower of Pittsnogle and Schifino.
WVU next hits the road for a game at Notre Dame on Wednesday night.