After coming off a loss to Wisconsin, West Virginia bounced back and defeated Loyola 96-47, Monday night at the WVU Coliseum. Remi Dibo paved the way scoring 19 points.
"This team's better than what we were a year ago," said head coach Bob Huggins. "But it's not where it needs to be at knowing personal."
Both teams looked sloppy in the early going. A tip-in by Eron Harris and a three-pointer from Kevin Noreen got the Mountaineers on the board. Loyola's guard, Dylon Cormier cut into the deficit by scoring a layup. West Virginia would lead 7-2 after the first media time out.
Nathan Adrian nailed a three coming out of the time out to extend the Mountaineer's lead to 10-2. The Greyhounds would answer with two consecutive jumpers from Jordan Latham. However, Noreen would continue to find the basket. Noreen put in a layup and contributed two foul shots. Noreen had half of the Mountaineer's points as they led 14-6 with 12:54 left in the first half.
"Two hours before, he [Noreen] and Eron Harris were in here shooting," said Huggins. "Ironically, he took like 50 shots from where he hit that one [three-pointer]."
"It felt good," said Noreen. "You want to get a rhythm going. You get that rhythm going right away it carries on the rest of the game. Just letting it go, not thinking about it, shooters and scorers aren't supposed to have a consciences."
Freshman, Devin Williams would look to control the offensive boards. Williams snagged 3 offensive boards in the early going, allowing West Virginia to have several second chances.
The Greyhounds would chip away at West Virginia's lead. Nick Korski found points underneath the basket, while the Greyhounds also tacked on points from the foul line to narrow West Virginia's lead to only five.
Dibo came off the bench shooting lights out for West Virginia. Two quick three's from Dibo brought the Mountaineer's lead to 24-13 with 9:00 to play in the first half. The Mountaineer's would also have 11 offensive boards while the Greyhounds had none.
"Sometimes they drop in, sometimes they don't," said Dibo. "Today they dropped in, I feel good about that. I'm just playing the game."
Terry Henderson would get in on the action, hitting a three from the corner but Cormier would answer on the opposite end with a three of his own. West Virginia led 34-18 with 5:17 left in the first half.
West Virginia shot 40 percent from the field in the first half while Noreen had 13 points. West Virginia's defense also played a big part in their lead going into halftime. The Greyhounds turned the ball over 6 times in the first half.
West Virginia would go into halftime leading the Greyhounds 47-20.
Williams came out and hit a jumper to get the Mountaineers rolling in the second half. Harris sank two free throws as well. West Virginia would be 10-10 from the free throw line, early in the second half.
The Mountaineers went on a 7-0 run to extend their lead.
Harris and Henderson found success from three land, both drilled three-pointers to bring the score to 65-27 with 15:08 to play.
Gary Browne showed tremendous effort on the defensive side of the ball for the Mountaineers. Browne displayed great effort up top as the Greyhounds had no answer for the Mountaineers.
It was all West Virginia, all game long. West Virginia shot 43 percent from the field, 59 percent from behind the arc and 86 percent from the foul line; they also dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Greyhounds 62-22.
"I think we set a good tone for our next opponents," said Noreen. "It feels good for us as a team."
The Mountaineers soared to a victory, beating the Greyhounds 96-47. West Virginia will meet Missouri in their next match-up on Thursday.