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Fisher's three blocks help West Virginia prevail

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's 3-point offense
faltered for a second straight game. This time, the Mountaineers
found an alternative in D'or Fischer.

Fischer had 18 points as West Virginia (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP) rebounded from its
worst loss in six seasons with a 64-60 victory over St. John's on
Saturday.

The Mountaineers (11-1, 1-1 Big East) lost 84-46 to Villanova on
Wednesday night, largely due to 6-of-29 shooting from 3-point
range.

"It's great to get that loss behind us," Fischer said. "There
are no more emotional scars from Villanova. We really had to have
this one."

The Red Storm (6-6, 0-2) held West Virginia to 6-of-19 from
behind the arc, but Fischer made up for it in the paint.

Fischer scored West Virginia's first seven points as the
Mountaineers took an early 20-10 lead.

"They threw us off with how much they threw it down to D'or
early," said Daryll Hill, who led St. John's with a career-high 29
points. "We lost our focus a little, and then they came down and
hit some 3s. He is real tough to guard."

Reserve center Kevin Pittsnogle added nine points, including a
3-pointer at the end the first half to give West Virginia a 35-29
lead.

"That was as big a shot as we have had," said West Virginia
coach John Beilein. "That was a big, big play to allow us to come
in (to halftime) with that lead."

The Mountaineers are 4-0 in Big East home openers under coach
Beilein. St. John's has lost its last 10 Big East road games.

"WVU's outside guys are so good that we couldn't play inside as
much as we like to," St. John's coach Norm Roberts said. "Fischer
did a great job of getting the ball inside and Pittsnogle does a
great job both inside and out."

West Virginia is off to its best 12-game start since 1997-98,
the last time the team appeared in the NCAA tournament.