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West Virginia 82, VMI 66

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Casey Mitchell scored 25 points to lead West Virginia to an 82-66 win over Virginia Military Institute on Saturday night.

Kevin Jones added 22 points for the Mountaineers (4-1), who were playing for the first time since losing to Minnesota on Nov. 21 in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.

West Virginia starting guard Truck Bryant and backup forward Dan Jennings didn't dress for the game. Coach Bob Huggins termed it a disciplinary move for their lack of effort in practice.

Keith Gabriel and freshman Rodney Glasgow had 18 points apiece for VMI (5-1). Stan Okoye, VMI's leading scorer averaging 22 points per game, was limited to six points.

West Virginia led 38-30 at halftime and pulled away with the help of an 18-6 run over the final seven minutes.