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WVU tops Fairmont St. 89-70

Nov. 05, 2013 @ 12:10 AM

MORGANTOWN -- Eron Harris scored 31 points and freshman Nathan Adrian added 21 to lead the West Virginia University men's basketball team to an 89-70 victory over Fairmont State in the WVU Coliseum on Monday.

It was West Virginia's lone preseason tuneup before Friday's 8 p.m. season opener against Mount St. Mary's. The WVU women's team plays Ohio State at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

West Virginia got almost all of its 89 points from five perimeter players -- 85 to be precise -- as the Mountaineers shot the ball pretty effectively from 3, knocking down 12 of 27 for 44.4 percent for the game.

"I think we're going to be able to shoot the ball," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said.

Fairmont State started the game fouling and continued to foul throughout as officials are more closely watching defensive hand-checking as college basketball looks to make the game more free flowing this year. The Falcons had five players foul out and sent the Mountaineers to the free throw line 54 times, where they converted 37.

After leading by 12 at halftime, West Virginia never let its advantage slip below double digits and briefly led by 20, 89-69, with 22 seconds left.

Gary Browne contributed 18 points -- 12 of those coming from the line -- and Juwan Staten added 13.

Freshman Devin Williams led everyone with 14 rebounds.

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