Red Storm suffer worst loss of season

Updated: February 12, 2004, 7:34 AM ET
Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Patrick Beilein scored 19 points to lead five Mountaineers in double-figures as West Virginia overwhelmed an underhanded St. John's team, 86-52, Wednesday night.

The Red Storm had only eight players available for the game because six players were expelled or suspended after breaking curfew to go to a strip club last Thursday following a loss at Pittsburgh.

West Virginia (13-8, 5-5 Big East) was 29-of-57 from the floor and handed the Red Storm their worst loss of the season despite the absence of head coach John Beilein, who missed the game because of back spasms that flared up Wednesday afternoon following a morning workout. Assistant coach Jeff Neubauer took over head coaching duties in Beilein's absence.

St. John's (5-16, 0-10) was just 20-of-61 from the floor and had 16 turnovers en route to losing for the 10th time in 11 games.

The Mountaineers led 41-22 at the half and took a 55-29 lead with 13:16 to go following a Beilein lay-up.

The Red Storm would get no closer than 21 points.

The Mountaineers took their largest lead at 83-46 following a D'or Fischer jumper with 3:13 left.

Kevin Pittsnogle had 14 points, Fischer added 12, Johannes Herber scored 13 and Tyler Relph had 11 for West Virginia.

Daryll Hill scored a game-high 21 points for St. John's, and Kyle Cuffe added 17.

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