MORGANTOWN -- Senior Kevin Jones has done a lot of things in his four seasons at West Virginia, but he managed a first Saturday against Rutgers.
The Big East Conference's leading scorer managed a third consecutive 20-point game for the first time in his career as his 24 points helped the Mountaineer hammer Rutgers for the second time in 10 days, 84-60.
Jones was 9-for-19 from the floor and the league's leading rebounded added 14 more for his Big East-best 12th double-double in 18 games.
"K.J. is, in my opinion, to this point the best player in the league," Coach Bob Huggins said.
Jones had four points in the first 13 minutes of the game, but went into halftime with 11 and then helped WVU get out of a rut early in the second half.
"My teammates found me," Jones said. "I told them any time they get a steal or a rebound to look up the floor because I'm going to be running regardless. You've got to keep doing that and keep faith in your teammates to find you and let the game come to you. I didn't force anything. We had other people scoring and didn't have to do as much as I did in the second half."
Truck Bryant scored 18 points with 15 coming in the first half - and at one juncture both Bryant and the Scarlet Knights had 15 points. Deniz Kilicli made 4 of 5 shots and scored 14 points and freshman Jabarie Hinds added 11 points.
Freshman Keaton Miles had by far his best game. He was 3-for-4 from the floor and finished with six points, four rebounds, seven assists and no turnovers in 29 minutes. He had more points (four), baskets (two) and assists (two) against Rutgers than he did in WVU's first five Big East games.
"We're good when we have a couple other people helping us out," Kilicli said.
WVU (13-5, 4-2 Big East) won for the eighth straight time in the series and is 18-7 against Rutgers since joining the Big East in 1995. Huggins is now 11-0 against Scarlet Knights. WVU won at Rutgers, 84-64, Jan. 4.
"They bully us," Rutgers Coach Mike Rice said. "They take us out of our offense. Our players are trying to run away from West Virginia players instead of executing. I give them tremendous credit. They are just tougher than us."
Rutgers (10-8, 2-3) had beaten Connecticut and Pitt since losing to the Mountaineers, but shot just 39.7 percent in the game with 19 turnovers.