WVU made 32 of 74 shots (43.2 percent), a season-high 13 of 22 3-point shots and 19 of 22 free throws. The Mountaineers also outrebounded the Greyhounds 62-42 and had a 42-9 edge in second-chance points and a 21-9 edge in points off turnovers in their first game since missing 8 of 14 free throw attempts in a 70-63 loss to Wisconsin last week.
"That's a game we should have won," Henderson said. "I knew and my teammates knew Loyola had something coming to them."
A Coliseum crowd of 4,692 witnessed a dominant first half in which the Mountaineers started slowly, but took control. They shot 16-for-40, but counted 3-for-16 from Harris and Staten and just six points. The other seven players were 13-for-24 and each scored at least two points.
The crowd, though, was the smallest this season and the worst since Dec. 21, 2004. WVU drew 4,814 Nov. 21 against Georgia Southern, but with the most of the school's students away on Thanksgiving break that began a day later. The fall semester resumed Monday.
"We've got great fans - there are just 4,000 of them, that's all," Huggins said. "Some people have 16,000 of them. We have 4,000."
WVU took a 7-0 lead and forced Loyola to take an early timeout, but it was 14-9 before WVU really got going. They scored the final 11 points of a 15-4 run to go ahead 29-13 and made 5 of 6 shots and all three of their 3-point attempts.
Noreen hit the floor to secure a loose ball under his basket and call timeout. When play resumed, Noreen was set up for an easy score in the inbound pass for a 36-18 lead. Henderson started an 11-0 run to end the half, which ended when Staten dribbled away the final few seconds and missed a layup, only to see Noreen tip the ball in for his third second-chance basket of the game and a 47-20 lead.
The lead ballooned to be as large as 51 points late in the second half and Huggins was able to keep all of his players under 30 minutes with a game Thursday at Missouri Big 12/SEC Challenge.
"Coach Huggins was mad at halftime," Harris said. "He didn't think we played as hard as we could or that we approached the game like it was a big game, even though every game is supposed to be a big game. He was disappointed in our effort so we came out and gave a much better effort in the second half."
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