MORGANTOWN - West Virginia never led in Saturday's first half against Miami. The Mountaineers were never troubled after halftime.
WVU scored the first eight points out of the locker room as part of a 31-5 run during a 77-66 victory before 12,257 inside the Coliseum.
"We played with effort," forward Deniz Kilicli said. "That was the whole difference. We didn't do anything else different. If we played with that effort in the first half, it would have been a 35-point game."
The Mountaineers (6-2) went from trailing 35-29 late in the first half to leading 60-40 when freshman Aaron Brown made a 3-pointer, his second of back-to-back baskets, for a 60-40 lead.
Miami Coach Jim Larranaga called his third timeout of the half to regroup, but his team never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way and that came in the final seconds. The one credible run in the second half was brusquely brushed back by the Mountaineers.
A 3 from Garrius Adams made it 66-54, but Kilicli made a hook shot, Jabarie Hinds fed Kevin Jones inside for an easy basket and Truck Bryant answered a Miami basket with a 3 to make it 73-56.
WVU is 78-11 under Coach Bob Huggins when scoring 70 or more points.
Bryant scored a career-high 27 points and had 12 during the run early in the second half. His previous high was 25 points at Marquette last season. Bryant, who was 1-for-7 from 3-point range against Kansas State, was 5-for-7 against Miami (5-4). He'd made eight 3s all season.
One game after a career-high 30 points, Kevin Jones finished with 12 and nine rebounds.
"If we could get 27 every night from Truck and if we could get 30 every night from K.J., we'd have a chance," Huggins said.
Kilicli had 18 points, 10 after halftime, and like Bryant and Jones has scored in double figures every game this season.
Brown added seven points in the 28 minutes he earned after scoring 10 points against Kansas State. Freshman Gary Browne had nine points and six assists and hit two 3s in a run in the first half. He was 1-for-8 entering the game