MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The American University held an early lead but a strong shooting No. 24 West Virginia pulled away in the second half, defeating the Eagles, 98-64, on Wednesday evening at the WVU Coliseum.
American (0-2) kept the Mountaineers out of rhythm early in the opening half and took a 7-6 lead on a 3-pointer by Sam Iorio at 15:07. The contest remained tight with the Eagles grabbing a 21-20 advantage on a turnaround layup by Jesse Little to put AU up 21-20 with 8:07 left in the frame.
The Mountaineers then took a 10-point lead with 2:01 left on the backend of free throws by Lamont West.
American suffered a huge blow with 50 seconds remaining in the half when a flagrant-2 foul was called on Cheikh Diallo disqualifying him from the contest after he was tangled up with a West Virginia player. He finished with six points and six rebounds in 15 minutes.
WVU pulled away in the second half and finished with a 39-26 edge in rebounds and 28 points of American's 22 turnovers.
West Virginia was led by Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles with 20 points each.
WVU shot 12 of 32 (37.5 percent) from the field in the first half and finished the game shooting 32 of 63 (51 percent).
American will continue its four-game road trip in New York on Saturday afternoon at Wagner.
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