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Mickey Furfari

February 18, 2008

High flyers

WVU men pile on points in blowout win over Pirates

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia University men’s basketball was at its high-scoring best on Sunday afternoon in gunning down the Seton Hall Pirates.

A Coliseum crowd of 10,074 saw the Mountaineers lead all the way, once by as many as 30 points, in posting an easy 89-68 victory. The point-total is their highest of the season for a conference game.

In making its record 18-7 overall and 7-5 in the Big East standings, West Virginia shot a sizzling 53.7 percent from the field (36-of-67) while limiting SHU to 42.1 percent (24-of-57). The Mountaineers also managed a staggering 47-26 margin in rebounds and had 13 turnovers to 12.

In all, Coach Bob Huggins used a total of 13 players. Only eight players shared playing time for the Pirates (15-11, 5-8), who now have lost five consecutive games

“Winning never is very easy from where I sit,” Huggins said. “We made more shots, shot the ball better, and our ball movement was better. I thought we really shared the ball (24 assists). We are getting better.

“That’s a hard bunch to guard because they spread you and they are also good at playing off the dribble. Our defense kept us in games. We just needed to start shooting the ball a little bit better. I thought we did a good job on the defensive end, too.”

Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzales said, “We are a little bit beat-up right now, but we tried to make it work. (West Virginia) looks like an NCAA basketball team.

“When you turn the ball over is when you are the most vulnerable. So sometimes it was us not running back and giving up open threes. It was we turned the ball over and they got run-outs on us.”

Gonzales’ team has been weakened by injuries. Losing Paul Gause to a knee injury for much of the season really has hampered the Pirates, who won five league games in a row before slipping into their current skid.

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