Saturday , Jan , 06 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Nichols, No. 25 West Virginia weather the Red Storm

Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) – Darris Nichols poured in 20 points on 8-
of-10 shooting as No. 25 West Virginia beat up on St. John’s, 73-46, at WVU

Frank Young scored 12 points and pulled down six rebounds while Joe Alexander
netted 10 points with seven assists and five boards for the Mountaineers
(13-1, 3-0 Big East), who have won eight straight games and improved to 9-0 on
their home court.

West Virginia finished 49 percent from the floor.

Lamont Hamilton posted 15 points for the Red Storm (10-5, 1-1), who have lost
two of three since winning seven consecutive contests. Eugene Lawrence, Larry
Wright and Daryll Hill each added five points in defeat.

The Mountaineers built up a 20-9 lead in the first half after Da’Sean Butler
drilled a three-pointer at the 8:46 mark. St. John’s, though, responded with
10 straight points to cut within one before Alex Ruoff’s layup capped the
frame and gave West Virginia a 30-23 edge.

Hamilton converted on 1-of-2 from the charity stripe as the Red Storm trailed
by six, 35-29, early in the second. The Mountaineers then put the game away
with a 17-2 burst to go up by 21 with 10:13 remaining and padded their cushion
to 28 following Devan Bawinkel’s trey with just over one minute to play.

St. John’s shot 36 percent from the field.

Game Notes

WVU shot 42 percent from three-point range while St. John’s converted just 25
percent from beyond the arc…The Mountaineers scored 21 points off
turnovers…WVU holds a slim 16-15 edge in the all-time series between the two