The No. 3-ranked West Liberty University men's basketball team led wire-to-wire here Thursday night and hammered West Virginia State, 113-74, at Fleming Hall.
Coach Jim Crutchfield's Hilltoppers (19-1, 13-1) maintained their West Virginia Conference lead and completed an impressive season sweep of the Yellowjackets (7-13, 5-10), who came out on the short end of a 119-59 count on Dec. 4 at the ASRC.
West Liberty wasted no time taking care of business on Thursday, holding West Virginia State without a field goal for nearly a 10-minute span of the first half to turn a 10-8 lead into a 34-13 runaway.
Tim Hausfeld's late 3-pointer sent the Hilltoppers off the court with a 53-26 halftime lead and the rout was on.
Cedric Harris led six double-figure scorers for West Liberty with 18 points in just 18 minutes of action as Crutchfield played his starters sparingly with the issue having been decided well before intermission.
Hausfeld had a solid game with 15 points, 6 assists and a game-high 4 steals while Alex Falk finished with 13 points in just 19 minutes.
Mike Lamberti came off the bench for 12 points and a team-high 7 rebounds in just 12 minutes of action while Chris Morrow made the most of his 22 minutes with 11 points, 6 assists, 6 blocked shots and 5 rebounds. Keene Cockburn rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points.
Anton Hutchins had 24 points and David Ford added 17 for the out manned hosts, who were charted with just 3 assists and 26 turnovers.
West Liberty returns home to host Seton Hill on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. at the ASRC.
X In two games against West Liberty this year, West Virginia State was credited with just 4 assists and 52 turnovers while being outscored by a 232-133 margin
X The Hilltoppers improved to 73-2 in their last 75 WVIAC games dating back to the 2009-10 season
X West Liberty will be gunning for its 9th consecutive 20-win season on Saturday. The Hilltoppers had posted only 2 20-win seasons in the history of the program before Crutchfield was handed the reins prior to the 2004-05 campaign