WVU knocks off Providence
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia played Wednesday night like a team with nothing to lose.
The Mountaineers had lost nine consecutive games, tying a school record set during the 1936-37 season, and were without head coach Gale Catlett, who took a leave of absence to fight an undisclosed infection.
Coached by Catlett's nephew, fifth-year assistant Drew Catlett, the Mountaineers (8-11, 1-6 Big East) pieced together their best all-around game in more than a month to defeat Providence 89-81.
Chris Moss scored 26 points and Chaz Briggs added 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead West Virginia.
''The players are excited, but we are only 1-6,'' Drew Catlett said. ''It's good to break the streak, but there is a lot left to do. We have to win every game we can.''
''This is probably more emotional for me because I am related to (Gale) and I love him so much. Most of what I learned about basketball I know from him.''
The student section at the Coliseum chanted ''Drew Catlett'' at the end of the game as the players came off the floor and were hugged from the coach.