With West Virginia in desperate need to add another quality win to its NCAA tournament resume, Notre Dame shot 61 percent from the floor and out-scored the Mountaineers 41-16 in the second half to earn a 71-44 victory on Wednesday night.
West Virginia only trailed by two at the half, but a 30-12 run by the Irish to start the second half proved to be the deciding factor of the game.
"I've never had a team give up 60 percent shooting in both halves," said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins on his postgame radio show with the Mountaineer Sports Network. "Not in 30 years."
Jerian Grant scored 20 points to lead four Notre Dame players in double figures.
The Mountaineers struggled against the Irish defense all night while shooting just 31 percent from the floor.
"We didn't get back defensively. And they just packed it in knowing we're not going to make a shot and we didn't make any," Huggins said. "We didn't do anything in transition. They did everything in transition."
Notre Dame has now won nine straight games in Big East Conference play for the first time in school history.
After scoring just 51 points against Notre Dame in the first matchup exactly two weeks earlier, the Mountaineers were able to get open looks early in the game.
But, the Irish were able to connect on their shots while shooting 63 percent from the floor in the first half and held a 30-28 lead.
West Virginia senior guard Truck Bryant started the game after coming off the bench last week against Pittsburgh. Bryant led the Mountaineers with 10 first-half point.
Notre Dame scored 12 of the first 16 points in the second half and quickly grabbed a 10-point advantage.
And the Irish were just getting started.
They continued to make outside shots and led by 15 with 14 minutes remaining in the game.
"We're just not very tough," Huggins said. "I hate to say that, but it's the truth."
A 30-12 gave the Irish a 60-40 advantage with less than seven minutes to play and ended all hope of a West Virginia comeback.
"When it starts going south, it's hard to get it turned," Huggins said. "You can't let people get it going. We let them get it going."
Much like the first matchup against the Irish, West Virginia didn't commit many turnovers, just simply didn't make shots.
Kevin Jones was still able to tally impressive numbers despite his team's lack of offensive production. Jones quietly finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Truck Bryant added 10 points, but all came in the first half.
Freshmen Tommie McCune and Paul Williamson both saw action against Notre Dame. However, fellow freshmen Keaton Miles and Aaron Brown never entered the game.