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December 2, 2013

Quick Start Fuels WVU over Loyola

On Monday Night at the WVU Coliseum against Loyola (MD), Bob Huggins' Mountaineers used a 7-0 to open a lead that they would never look back on. West Virginia played a near perfect first half then cruised in the second half while defeating Loyola 96-47.

Junior forward Kevin Noreen set the pace for WVU during that first half. He hit his one three-point attempt during that 7-0 opening run in addition to two free throw attempts and five shots from the field. Noreen would finish the game with 13 points.

After that strong start, West Virginia continued to apply pressure on the Greyhounds, doing everything Huggins said the team needed to do following WVU's loss to No. 10 Wisconsin on Thanksgiving Eve.

In the first half, WVU out rebounded Loyola 34-7, and was a perfect eight of eight from the free throw line, correcting the problems Huggins pointed out.

WVU's really took control when wingmen Remi Dibo and Nathan Adrian provided WVU with three-pointers on three consecutive possessions. Those shots put West Virginia ahead 27-13 with 8:52 to play in the first half.

West Virginia finished the first half shooting 53.8% from beyond the arch, 40% from the field and took a 47-20 lead into the locker room.

The team's season leading scorer Eron Harris got involved in the fun, hitting two three-pointers early in the second half. He finished the game with 14 points.

WVU continued its dominance on the glass, success shooting the basketball and outplaying Loyola throughout the rest of the game.

The Mountaineers finished the game outrebounding Loyola 62 to 22. Additionally they finished shooting 43% from the field while sinking 13 of 22 free throws.

Loyola had no answer for West Virginia as Harris, Henderson, Dibo, Noreen and Adrian finished in double figures. Tonight marked the second time West Virginia had five players in double figures.

Dibo had a game high 19 points while hitting five of seven shots from three-point land.

The play of the evening came with 12:15 left, when the Coliseum crowd came to its feet after Dibo made a remarkable hustle save. That play led to a fast break, which resulted in Terry Henderson getting to the free throw line and sinking both free throws to put West Virginia up 69-31.

From there the Mountaineers never looked back.

Tonight's win also marked career win number 729 for Huggins, which ties him with Jerry Tarkanian and Norm Stewart for the sixteenth most wins in division one history.

West Virginia improves to 6-2 while Loyola drops to 4-2 on the season.

WVU will travel to Columbia on Thursday Night at 7 PM to take on Missouri in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.

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