MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Joe Alexander scored 21 points and three other West Virginia players reached double figures as the Mountaineers routed Providence 80-53 on Saturday night.
Alexander fought through early foul trouble to pace the Mountaineers (19-8, 8-6 Big East) through stretches of even play until they delivered the knockout punch with a 9-0 run midway through the second half. That push was sparked by 3-pointers from Da'Sean Butler and John Flowers before Alexander hit a jumper off the glass.
It was part of a run that saw West Virginia scored 23 of 27 points to extend its lead to 67-42 with six minutes remaining, sending Providence (13-14, 4-11) to its fifth straight loss and ninth in the last 10 games.
Providence was held to a season low for points and committed a season-high 21 turnovers.
Providence led 16-15 with eight minutes left until halftime before Butler hit a 3-pointer and a driving layup as part of a 10-0 run that gave the Mountaineers a 25-16 lead. WVU led 33-27 at halftime.
Providence guard Dwain Williams missed his second straight game after injuring his ankle against Louisville.
West Virginia beat Providence for the seventh time in their last eight meetings.