MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Patrick Beilein scored 19 points to
lead five Mountaineers in double-figures as West Virginia
overwhelmed an underhanded St. John's team, 86-52, Wednesday night.
The Red Storm had only eight players available for the game
because six players were expelled or suspended after breaking
curfew to go to a strip club last Thursday following a loss at
West Virginia (13-8, 5-5 Big East) was 29-of-57 from the floor
and handed the Red Storm their worst loss of the season despite the
absence of head coach John Beilein, who missed the game because of
back spasms that flared up Wednesday afternoon following a morning
workout. Assistant coach Jeff Neubauer took over head coaching
duties in Beilein's absence.
St. John's (5-16, 0-10) was just 20-of-61 from the floor and had
16 turnovers en route to losing for the 10th time in 11 games.
The Mountaineers led 41-22 at the half and took a 55-29 lead
with 13:16 to go following a Beilein lay-up.
The Red Storm would get no closer than 21 points.
The Mountaineers took their largest lead at 83-46 following a
D'or Fischer jumper with 3:13 left.
Kevin Pittsnogle had 14 points, Fischer added 12, Johannes
Herber scored 13 and Tyler Relph had 11 for West Virginia.
Daryll Hill scored a game-high 21 points for St. John's, and
Kyle Cuffe added 17.