West Virginia closed the first half on a 29-7 run to break open a close game and cruised from there in a 96-47 victory over Loyola (Md.) in Morgantown, W.Va., on Monday.
Guard Tyler Hubbard's two free throws got the Greyhounds (4-2) within 18-13 with 10:35 to play in the first half. However, Loyola finished the half in a 3-for-13 slump from the floor and 0-for-2 at the free-throw line with four turnovers as the Mountaineers took control.
The second half was more of the same, as West Virginia (6-2) outscored Loyola 49-27 after the break and pushed its lead to 51 points late in the game.
Forward Remi Dibo, who kicked off the first-half run with two 3-pointers, led the Mountaineers with 19 points and went 5-for-7 on 3-point attempts. Guard Terry Henderson added 16 and guard Eron Harris 14 for the Mountaineers, who finished 13-for-22 from 3-point range. Guard Juwan Staten went just 2-for-10 from the field and finished with four points, but he pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out seven assists.
Guard Dylon Cormier was the only player in double figures for the Greyhounds, finishing with 11 points.
Loyola shot just 34 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from 3-point range. The Greyhounds also missed seven of their 12 free-throw attempts.