West Virginia's slow start at the Civic Center today mattered little.The Mountaineers fell behind William & Mary 6-2, but then used a 21-2 run to take control and then pulled away even further in the second half, winning 82-45.It was the final non-conference game of the season for the Mountaineers (8-5), who begin Big 12 play with a two-game road trip to TCU and Texas Tech on Saturday and Monday. William & Mary fell to 6-4.Terry Henderson scored 19 points to lead West Virginia, which also got 16 from freshman Nathan Adrian. Juwan Staten had 15 points and 10 rebounds, along with six assists. Eron Harris scored 10 and Remi Dibo had all nine of his points in the first half.
The catalyst to WVU's early burst was a quick series of possessions when the game was tied at 8. First Dibo hit a second-chance 3-pointer after his first was an air ball, then two possessions later hit another 3 in transition. In between was a transition tomahawk dunk by the 6-foot-1 Staten.That began a 15-0 run that broke the game open. The Mountaineers led by as many as 21 points late in the half and then by 40 in the second half.Tim Rusthoven scored William & Mary's first six points and finished the game with a team-high 13. The Tribe shot just 25 percent from the field. Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1