MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Kevin Pittsnogle scored 14 points and
11 different West Virginia players scored in a 76-58 win over
Rutgers on Saturday.
Pat Beilein scored 12 points and Tyrone Sally and Joe Herber
each added 11 for West Virginia. Sally became the 41st player in
school history with 1,000 points.Quincy Douby and Ricky Shields led Rutgers with 18 and 14
points, respectively.The Mountaineers (18-8, 8-7 Big East), once an NCAA tournament
afterthought, won their fourth straight and sixth in seven tries.
West Virginia, 12-7 at one point, now has the most wins since its
previous NCAA appearance in 1998.In the first half, West Virginia made 15-of-26 field goals and
seven of 11 3-pointers. The 3-point barrage helped WVU take a 28-18
lead with 7:12 left in the first half.The Scarlet Knights (9-16, 2-12) got no closer than six points
the rest of the way in losing for the ninth time in 11 games.
Rutgers has lost eight straight on the road.With one regular-season game left, the Mountaineers set a school
single-season record with 664 3-point attempts, eight more than the
mark set last year.West Virginia's D'or Fischer had two blocked shots to give him
180 for his two-year career at WVU, breaking the mark of 178 held
by Phil Wilson. Fischer's 382 total career blocks, which includes
two seasons at Northwestern State, rank 18th in NCAA history.<