CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s final non-conference game against William & Mary in Charleston really wasn’t much of a game.
The Mountaineers put on an impressive 3-point shooting display to outclass the Tribe, 82-45, Sunday afternoon at the Charleston Civic Center.
and Nathan Adrian
combined to score 35 points – five of their field goals coming from behind the arc - and WVU hit eight 3s to give the Mountaineers their most lopsided victory since downing Loyola-Maryland, 96-47, back on Dec. 2.
Today, William & Mary scored six of the game’s first eight points before West Virginia went on a 21-2 run, fueled by Remi Dibo’s 3-point shooting.
After air-balling his first 3, Dibo lined up from the same spot on the floor to knock down his next one in transition, and then he hit two more during WVU’s 21-point flurry to help the Mountaineers build a 30-14 lead.
A Henderson 3 with 3:37 left in the first half pushed the lead to 19, 35-16, and then two Juwan Staten
free throws with 2:40 left gave the Mountaineers their biggest lead of the half at 21, 37-16.
The Mountaineers then scored the first six points of the second half and had the Tribe doubled up at one point late in the game.
West Virginia used a new starting lineup this afternoon consisting of three guards (Eron Harris
, Henderson and Staten) and two forwards (Adrian and Brandon Watkins
) because some of the regular starters were a little banged up, according to West Virginia coach Bob Huggins.
William & Mary (6-5) came into today’s game having won five out of its last six games while also beating former WVU conference foe Rutgers, 72-62, back on Nov. 23.
Tim Rusthoven led William & Mary with 13 points.
The Mountaineers and Tribe, who used to play each other regularly when the two were members of the Southern Conference, last played in 1982.
West Virginia (8-5) now starts Big 12 play with a pair of road games in Texas, first at TCU on Jan. 2 and then at Texas Tech two days later on Jan. 4.