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Butler explodes in 2nd half in WVU rout

So I wonder what Bob Huggins said to his team at halftime at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Huggins might have reminded his five starters that they were laying down in front of their families. Each of the Mountaineers' starters -- Da'Sean Butler, Truck Bryant, Devin Ebanks, Kevin Jones and Wellington Smith -- are native New Yorkers.

Whatever Huggins said -- and I'm guessing it was laced with a few choice words -- seemed to work.

After the Mountaineers put together their worst first half of the season against St. John's on Saturday, West Virginia exploded for 57 points in the second half of a 79-60 rout of the Red Storm.

Butler was the difference after the half. He finished with 33 points and made all seven of his 3-pointers. The No. 6 Mountaineers trailed by 13 with 15:34 left, but outscored the Red Storm 47-15 the rest of the way.

West Virginia moved to within one game of Syracuse and Villanova in the Big East standings. The Mountaineers next host No. 2 Villanova on Big Monday. Villanova was a 103-90 loser at Georgetown on Saturday.

WVU faces one of its tougher three-game stretches. After hosting Nova, the Mountaineers play at rival Pitt on Feb. 12 and at Providence on Feb. 17.