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Staten leads No. 18 West Virginia over Wofford

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Juwan Staten had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 18 West Virginia to a 77-44 win over Wofford on Monday night.

West Virginia (11-1) is off to its best start since opening 11-0 during the 2009-10 season, when it reached the Final Four.

Elijah Macon and Jonathan Holton each added 11 points, and Jevon Carter scored 10 for the Mountaineers.

Spencer Collins scored 12 points and Karl Cochran had 10 for Wofford (9-3), which had won four in a row.

Wofford wilted under West Virginia’s full-court press, committed a season-high 21 turnovers and was held to its lowest scoring output this season.

The Mountaineers used a strong start to win their fourth straight. West Virginia scored 16 unanswered points to lead 18-2 just 7 minutes into the game.

After big men Holton and Devin Williams left with two quick fouls, the Mountaineers went more than five minutes between baskets. Yet they never allowed Wofford to trim the deficit to single digits.

The Mountaineers shot 56 percent (15 of 27) from the floor in the first half and led 42-20 at halftime.

West Virginia held Wofford without a field goal over the first six minutes of the second half and led by as many as 40 down the stretch.

It marked the first of four straight games on the road for Wofford, which doesn’t play again in Spartanburg, South Carolina, until its Southern Conference opener Jan. 8 against VMI.

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Wofford: One of the better 3-point shooting teams in Division I at 41 percent, the Terriers went 6 of 18 (33 percent) against West Virginia.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers lead the nation in turnover margin (11.5), steals per game (13.4) and offensive rebounds (19.0). The Mountaineers had only 11 offensive rebounds Monday night, due in part to 49 percent shooting (27 of 55).

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Wofford plays at No. 2 Duke on Dec. 31.

West Virginia hosts Virginia Tech on Dec. 30 in its final nonconference tuneup before starting Big 12 play.

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