MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Remi Dibo came off the bench to score a season-high 19 points to lead West Virginia to an easy 96-47 victory over Loyola Monday night at the WVU Coliseum.
Dibo was one of five double figure scorers for the Mountaineers, now 6-2 following their widest margin of victory this season.
“(Dibo) gives you that,” said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. “He can stretch the defense and it’s hard for a four-guy to go out there on a consistent basis and guard him.”
Tonight’s victory was the 729th for Huggins, moving him into a tie with Jerry Tarkanian and Norm Stewart for 16th on the NCAA Division I all-time wins list. Next up for Huggins is John Chaney in 15th place with 741 victories.
Tonight’s game was never in doubt, the Mountaineers jumping out to a double-digit lead by the 10-minute mark and getting their advantage to 27 by halftime.
“I was a little disappointed in the first half because I didn’t think we took good shots,” said Huggins. “We felt like we could grab the ball and take it to the basket, which we obviously encourage guys to do because of the way the game’s are being called, but I still think we have to take good shots. We’re so capable of making shots when we step into shots.”
In the second half, it was only a matter of whether or not West Virginia could reach 100 points for the second time this year. It was the fifth time this season the Mountaineers have scored at least 80 points in a game.
Point guard Juwan Staten
led everyone with 10 rebounds as the Mountaineers had a 40-rebound advantage on the glass. Staten, Adrian (nine) and Noreen (eight) all had season highs in rebounds.
Staten, who came into tonight’s game averaging 18.1 points per game, scored just 4 tonight on 2 of 10 shooting, but he did manage to hand out seven assists.
“He finds people,” said Huggins of Staten.
Harris, too, couldn’t find his shooting stroke, hitting 4 of 13, but he did knock down two 3s and was 4 of 6 from the line. Harris came into today’s game averaging 21.1 points per game.
“We’re going to have to ham and egg it,” said Huggins. “If one guy is not playing well somebody else is going to have to step up and play well.”
Loyola’s big scorer, Dylon Cormier, the nation’s second leading scorer averaging 28.4 points per game, was held to a season-low 11. He was the only Greyhound player to reach double digits.
The Mountaineers shot 43.2 percent overall for the game, but hit 13 of 22 from behind the 3-point arc for 59.1 percent. Dibo led the way by going 5 of 7 from long distance.
“Shooting is all about rhythm and when you shoot it a lot there’s a good chance for success,” said Huggins.
Loyola, which only fell by 10 at Connecticut last Tuesday night, drops to 4-2.
West Virginia is back on the road to face Missouri Thursday night in Columbia as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
“They’re talented,” said Huggins of Missouri. “Their guards are different than anybody we’ve played because they have good size. They’re 6-3, 6-4 and they’re really athletic. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them try and invert some things and try and post up Juwan and Eron.”
The Missouri game will tip off at 7 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.