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West Virginia 51, Howard 37

12/30/2003

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- D'or Fischer scored 12 points, grabbed
12 rebounds and blocked five shots to lead cold-shooting West
Virginia to a 51-37 non-conference victory over Howard on Tuesday.

The Mountaineers (7-3), who had not shot below 40 percent from
the field during the season, made just 17 of 54 shots (31.5
percent).

Drew Schifino struggled with flu-like symptoms but managed to
extend his nation's-best consecutive double-figure scoring streak
to 48 games. He scored all 10 of his points in the second half and
made a field goal with 58 seconds left to keep the streak intact.

Schifino missed seven of 11 shots from the field and seven of
eight foul shots.

Howard (2-7), which lost its fifth consecutive game, shot only
29.8 percent and committed 20 turnovers. The Bisons were led by
Oluwaseye Aluko with 11 points and Darryl Hudson with 10.

Howard's 37 points tied a WVU Coliseum record for the fewest
points by an opponent. West Virginia held George Washington to 37
points in February 1982.

West Virginia used a balanced attack to outscore Howard 12-0
during a six-and-a-half minute first-half stretch take its biggest
lead at 22-12 with 3:38 left. Fischer scored four points in the
spurt.

Franklin Jackson and Louis Ford each hit a three-point basket to
start the second half and cut the lead to 25-22, but the Bisons
could get no closer.

West Virginia opens its Big East schedule Jan. 7 at Notre Dame.