West Virginia pulls away from Loyola in 2nd half

Navy edges Longwood

  • Loyola guard Brett Harvey fouls West Virginia's Casey Mitchell in the second half. The host Mountaineers outscored the Greyhounds 52-29 after the break.
Loyola guard Brett Harvey fouls West Virginia's Casey… (AP photo )
November 16, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Loyola shot 58 percent (15-for-26) from the field in the first half to forge a 31-all tie, but No. 8 West Virginia pulled away for an 83-60 victory Sunday in Morgantown.

The Mountaineers (1-0), who shot just 32.4 percent (12-for-37) in the opening half, including 2-for-17 on 3-pointers, scored the first 11 points after the break over three minutes.

"A great first half. Then we ran out of gas," Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos said.

The Greyhounds (1-1) battled back to within six at 48-42 with 13:34 remaining on a dunk by Julius Brooks, but West Virginia scored 21 of the game's next 26 points for a 69-47 lead with just under eight minutes remaining.

"These games help us prepare," Patsos said. "You can't simulate in practice what we saw in the second half. We learned we are a pretty good team and found out we can't play just 25 minutes when we are playing this kind of caliber opponent. They made some shots and proved they are a Top 10 team."

The Mountaineers' Da'Sean Butler led all scorers with 26 points and added seven rebounds and five assists.

For the Greyhounds, Shane Walker had career highs with 14 points and three steals. Jamal Barney added 11 points.

Brett Harvey, who had 23 points in a win over Vermont on Friday, was held to nine against the Mountaineers.

Navy 79, Longwood 76: O.J. Avworo and Romeo Garcia scored 16 points each, helping the Midshipmen (1-1) defeat the host Lancers (0-2).

Jordan Sugars added 14 points and Chris Harris 13 for Navy.

"I thought we gave another passionate effort after playing very hard Friday night against Radford," Mids coach Billy Lange said. "It was a crazy game."

Navy shot 50 percent (13-for-26) in the first half, including five of 10 from the 3-point line, to build a 40-37 lead. A layup by Sugars with 11:43 left gave the Navy its largest lead at 56-43.

Trailing 76-67 with 53 seconds to play, Longwood went on a 7-1 run to pull within three on Dana Smith's layup with 11 seconds remaining. Smith finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

NO. 8 WEST VIRGINIA 83, LOYOLA 60

LOYOLA-Winbush 3-6 0-1 6, Walker 7-9 0-0 14, Brooks 4-5 0-0 8, Harvey 2-8 5-6 9, Olson 0-2 0-0 0, Lewis 2-3 0-0 4, Hall 1-1 0-1 2, Wright 1-2 0-0 2, Barney 4-8 1-4 11, Rudolph 2-5 0-0 4, Kelly 0-1 0-0 0, Ivis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-50 6-12 60.

WEST VIRGINIA-Butler 11-17 2-4 26, Jones 6-12 1-4 14, Smith 1-3 0-0 3, Bryant 3-8 6-8 15, Mitchell 3-11 5-6 13, Thoroughman 0-2 1-1 1, West 0-2 0-0 0, Payne 0-1 0-0 0, Jennings 4-7 1-3 9, Pepper 0-3 0-0 0, Flowers 1-4 0-1 2. Totals 29-70 16-27 83.

Halftime-Tied 31-31. 3-point goals-Loyola 2-7 (Barney 2-2, Winbush 0-1, Walker 0-1, Harvey 0-3), West Virginia 9-29 (Bryant 3-6, Butler 2-6, Mitchell 2-7, Smith 1-2, Jones 1-4, West 0-2, Pepper 0-2). Fouled out-Brooks, Walker, Wright. Rebounds-Loyola 30 (Brooks, Walker, Winbush 5), West Virginia 45 (Jennings 12). Assists-Loyola 14 (Rudolph 7), West Virginia 15 (Bryant, Butler 5). Total fouls-Loyola 28, West Virginia 17. A-8,316.

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