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Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Rutgers Game Recap

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West Virginia scored 48 first-half points and forced 19 turnovers while defeating Rutgers 84-60 on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.

The Mountaineers improved to 13-5 on the season and 4-2 in Big East Conference play.

Senior forward Kevin Jones scored 24 points and senior guard Truck Bryant chipped in 18.

"We just wanted to come out and do the same things we did when we played them at Rutgers," Jones said. "I think we did that at times. Overall, I thought it was a good win."

Rutgers shot just 38 percent from the field and the Scarlet Knights were 3-14 from three-point range.

"Everybody that came in the game did something for us to win," Jones said. "As long as we keep on doing that, we'll continue to grow and get better as a team."

Rutgers had beaten two top-ten teams over the past two weeks.

Much like the Mountaineers' first meeting with Rutgers just 10 days earlier, West Virginia jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first half.

"We pretty much did the same thing that we did at Rutgers," said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. "We took them out of what they wanted to do. We forced them out a little bit higher than where they wanted to be."

The Mountaineers used an 11-0 run to lead 14-4 just after the first media timeout.

West Virginia continued to extend its lead despite little assistance from its leading scorer Kevin Jones.

Instead, senior guard Truck Bryant carried the load early.

Bryant made 5 of his 9 first-half field goals and scored 15 points in the first half.

Rutgers struggled to find any consistency offensively, while committing 11 turnovers and only recording 9 made field goals in the first 20 minutes of play.

Jones responded from a slow start and had 11 points at halftime, as the Mountaineers took a 48-22 lead into the locker room.

Rutgers was able to do something in the second half that it failed to do in the first – make outside shots.

This allowed the Scarlet Knight to cut the lead to 63-45 with less than 12 minutes left to play.

However, the Mountaineers responded to the run.

West Virginia's Deniz Kilicli made a left-handed hook shot with less than six minutes left to play to give the Mountaineers a 78-51 advantage.

Kilicli finished with 14 points, despite playing limited minutes due to foul trouble.

Freshman forward Keaton Miles had his best game of the season. Miles had seven assists to go with six points.

"That was the best I've seen Keaton Miles play," Jones said. "He was very aggressive today, and we need him to be aggressive."

West Virginia had 22 assists on 27 made field goals.

"That's when we're at our best, when we pass the ball," Jones said.

 

 

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