Mitchell helps WVU hold off VMI |

Mitchell helps WVU hold off VMI

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Casey Mitchell scored 25 points to lead West Virginia to an 82-66 win over Virginia Military Institute on Saturday night.

Kevin Jones added 22 points for the Mountaineers (4-1), who were playing for the first time since losing to Minnesota on Nov. 21 in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.

West Virginia starting guard Truck Bryant and backup forward Dan Jennings didn’t play. Coach Bob Huggins termed it a disciplinary move for their lack of effort in practice.

West Virginia led, 38-30, at halftime and pulled away with the help of an 18-6 run in the final seven minutes. Keith Gabriel and Rodney Glasgow had 18 points apiece for VMI (5-1).

District women

No. 10 West Virginia 64, No. 19 Iowa State 53 — In St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Liz Repella scored 15 points to lead West Virginia to a victory at the Paradise Jam.

Madina Ali added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Mountaineers (6-0), who won the tournament’s Island Division. Kelsey Bolte had 13 points for the Cyclones (4-1).

Penn State 71, Hartford 65 — In Riviera Maya, Mexico, Maggie Lucas made seven 3-pointers on her way to 27 points to guide the Nittany Lions (6-1) past Hartford (1-6) in the Caribbean Challenge.

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