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West Virginia tops St. John's at home

| Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Da'Sean Butler scored 21 points to lead West Virginia to a 75-52 win over St. John's on Wednesday night.

The Mountaineers (15-5, 4-3 Big East Conference) used a stifling defensive effort in the first half to build a 36-20 halftime lead. WVU scored 13 points off of 13 Red Storm turnovers and limited St. John's to just 34 percent shooting from the field in the opening half.

West Virginia pushed its lead to 31 points on a 3-pointer with 5:38 remaining in the second half. St. John's was never able to trim the deficit to less than 16 points.

Alex Ruoff added 17 for the Mountaineers, while Devin Ebanks chipped in 10.

Paris Horne led St. John's (11-9, 2-6) with 16 points, while Schenley graduate D.J. Kennedy netted 14.

Women

St. Bonaventure 61, Duquesne 55 — Katelyn Murray scored 23 points and Dana Mitchell added 16 to lead St. Bonaventure (15-5, 4-1) over Duquesne (11-9, 1-4) in an Atlantic 10 Conference game at Palumbo Center. The Bonnies, who shot 46 percent overall and 50 percent (6 of 12) from 3-point range, led at halftime, 30-26. Alex Gensler led Duquesne with 11 points. Kristi Little added 10 for the Dukes, who lost their third in a row and fifth in the past six games.

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