MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Kevin Jones knows that the way West Virginia started this season likely changed the way outsiders viewed the Mountaineers.
"I don't know if we're going to scare anybody any more coming into a game with the loss to Kent State and the exhibition loss to Northern Kentucky," said Jones, whose Mountaineers had their most impressive spurt of the season in a 77-56 victory over Akron in front of a Coliseum crowd of 7,334.
"I don't know if anybody is going to come in and be in awe of us, so we've just got to go out get in passing lanes and rebound the ball," he said. "We're long and athletic and we can get out and run. That's our game and as long as we do that, we'll be able to win."
The Mountaineers did all of that Monday. They scored 15 unanswered points during a 19-2 run at the end of the first half, held the Zips without a basket for the final 9:30 and turned a six-point lead into a 43-20 halftime advantage.
The second half was irrelevant and at times disorganized.
The Mountaineers started a difficult four-game stretch with a relatively easy win against a team expected to compete for the Mid-American Conference championship.
"We did OK," Jones said.
"We had our lapses in the second half and we didn't play a full 40 minutes, but we're getting better every day. We don't want to look too much into it, but it's definitely a resume builder and I'm glad we got it against a pretty good Akron team."
Freshman guard Jabarie Hinds led WVU (4-1) with a career-high 19 points.
Hinds scored 12 points during the decisive run in the final 3:53 of the half.
"The momentum was going our way on offense and defense," Hinds said. "We forced turnovers and had easy layups. Everything was going our way."
No one had it going more than Hinds, who was 5-for-5 in the run with a 3-pointer, an assist, two steals and third forced turnover when he poked a ball free from an Akron player to start a fast break.
"It felt really good," said Hinds, whose career-high had been 13 points. "I did everything simple. I took whatever they gave me. It was a good first half."
Jones had 18 points, 12 rebounds and two assists, two blocked shots and two steals for his fourth double-double this season and the 15th in his career. Deniz Kilicli and Truck Bryant had 11 points each for the Mountaineers.
WVU shot 51.9 percent in the second half, but was outscored 36-34, thanks to a series of errors committed by the reserves Coach Bob Huggins let play out the final few minutes.