West Virginia drubs Loyola (Md.) 96-47
West Virginia’s Devin Williams shoots over Loyola Maryland’s Nick Gorski during the first half Monday.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Remi Dibo scored a career-high 19 points and four of his teammates chipped in with double figures and West Virginia ripped Loyola (Md.) 96-47 Monday night in a nonconference game.
Dibo, a junior forward from Casper College and Montreull, France, canned 6 of 8 baskets (5 of 7) from beyond the 3-point line as the Mountaineers (6-2) showed their highest margin (49 points) over an opponent this season.
Dylon Cormier, the nation’s second-leading scorer with 28.4 points per game coming in, was the only Greyhound in double figures with 11.
Dibo, a reserve who played 23 minutes, got able backup from teammates Terry Henderson (16), also a reserve, Eron Harris (14), Kevin Noreen (13) and Nathan Adrian (11). Adrian, a freshman, tied his career best.
The Mountaineers’ Juwan Staten, who was averaging 18.2 points per game prior to tip, scored only four points, but the 6-foot-2 guard cleared a game-high 10 rebounds, his career best. He also dished out seven assists.
Staten had played 250 of a possible 280 minutes coming into this game. He had scored double figures in each contest and was shooting 58.7 percent from the floor. He had accumulated 53 assists and just seven turnovers. In fact, he had one or fewer turnovers in 12 of his previous 14 games, dating back to last year.
His 7.6 assists, prior to this game, placed him third among NCAA leaders.
WVU walloped Loyola on the boards, bringing down 62 rebounds to just 22 for the visitors, including 29 offensive boards to the Greyhounds’ seven, their best rebounding performance so far this season.
Adrian grabbed nine rebounds for WVU, and Devin Williams and Eron Harris each had seven.
WVU turned those rebounds into 42 points against just 9 for the visitors.
The Mountaineers connected on 32 of 74 shots (43.2 percent), but knocked down 13 of 22 buckets (59.1 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc. The Mountaineers were ranked 15th in the latest NCAA statistics in terms of triples made per game (9.6).
West Virginia shot 86.4 percent from the free-throw line on 19-of-22 shooting compared with 41.7 percent for the greyhounds on 5-of-12 shooting.
Loyola mustered just 33.9 percent (19 of 56) from the field and 23.5 percent (4 of 17) outside the arc.
WVU led from wire-to-wire, taking a 47-20 lead at halftime and expanding it to 51 points near the game’s end.