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West Virginia Hammers Rutgers to Get Back on Track

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The WVU men's basketball team returned to northern New Jersey just five days after dropping a 67-48 decision at Seton Hall. West Virginia visited Rutgers Wednesday night looking to get back on track.

WVU was once again a little slow to get going falling behind 8-3. An Aaron Brown layup got the Mountaineers going and West Virginia quickly took the lead on the strength of a 39-10 run over the next 11 minutes to take a 42-18 lead.

West Virginia's defense proved to be tough for Rutgers. The Mountaineers scored 12 of their first 22 points off turnovers. One spurt in particular helped West Virginia pull away in the first half. WVU held an 11-10 lead when Gary Browne stole the ball at midcourt and converted it into a layup. One minute and 25 seconds later, Deniz Kilicli slapped the ball away from a Rutgers player at midcourt. He chased down the loose ball and turned it into a layup with a man draped all over him. 30 seconds later Gary Browne picked up another steal and with it another layup and just like that WVU opened up a 22-13 lead.

West Virginia shot 57 percent from the field in the first half and forced 13 turnovers.

The second half began much like the first with Rutgers getting the early jump on the Mountaineers. Rutgers began the half on an 10-0 run. A Jabarie Hinds three-pointer ended a scoring drought of more than six minutes for the Mountaineers and also ended the Scarlet Knights run.

Rutgers cut its deficit to 15 points before West Virginia's seniors took control of the game. First it was Truck Bryant getting a basket and the foul. He completed that three-point play. The next possession for the Mountaineers ended with a Kevin Jones jumper. Bryant and Jones pushed West Virginia's lead to 25 with 8:57 remaining in the game.

West Virginia cruised the rest of the way to beat Rutgers 85-64.

Truck Bryant led the way for the Mountaineers scoring 28 points. He was 7 of 13 from the field. Kevin Jones recorded another double-double scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Deniz Kilicli added 15 points while Aaron Brown and Jabarie Hinds contributed 11 points each in the win.

West Virginia improved to 11-4 overall and 2-1 in the Big East. WVU returns home to face Georgetown on Saturday.

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