Jeff Griffith-US PRESSWIRE
Losers of three out of their first four games, West Virginia thumped VMI, 94-69, Wednesday to get back on track.
The season has not started off easily in Morgantown, but the West Virginia Mountaineers took a step in the right direction Wednesday night by clobbering the VMI Keydets, 94-69.
The Mountaineers had lost two in a row and three out of their first four before Wednesday night. Juwan Staten led the way with 18 points, but was just one of seven West Virginia players to score in double figures.
West Virginia took a 17-point lead into halftime and never looked back. The Mountaineers scored eight of the first ten points in the second half to extend the lead and coast to victory.
Stan Okoye paced the Keydets with 14 points, but it was not nearly enough. In addition to Staten, Deniz Kilicli and Aaric Murray had 13 points each, and Gary Brown and Keaton Miles each scored 11 for West Virginia.
As a team, the Mountaineers recorded 20 assists and turned the ball over just eight times. VMI had 16 turnovers to 19 assists.
West Virginia can now enjoy a week off before hosting Marshall next Wednesday.