BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Alex Ruoff scored a career-high 28 points on 10-of-12 shooting to lead West Virginia to an 88-59 rout of Auburn on Wednesday night in the SEC/Big East Invitational.
The Mountaineers (6-1), who lead the nation in scoring margin, effectively put this one away in the opening minutes. West Virginia started the game with a 28-6 spurt over the first 12 minutes and didn't allow the Tigers (4-2) to muster much of a threat after that.
Ruoff made 6-of-8 3-pointers, easily topping his previous scoring high of 23 points last season.
Ruoff and the Mountaineers made everything look easy. Their biggest lead came on his 3-pointer while falling down to make it 80-43 before coach Bob Huggins emptied his bench with about 5 minutes left.
Auburn's DeWayne Reed scored 19 points and made 5-of-11 3s. Leading scorer Korvotney Barber had eight points, nine below his season average. Rasheem Barrett added 10 for the Tigers, who entered on a four-game winning streak.
Auburn forward Quan Prowell saw his first action of the season after a five-game suspension, but managed just four points in 23 minutes.
The Tigers managed to cut the halftime deficit to 44-27 on Reed's 3-pointer with 4 seconds left and even got the first basket of the second half. West Virginia scored the next nine points en route to an 18-4 run to put the game well out of reach.