PROVIDENCE, R.I., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Eighth-ranked West Virginia, led by Devin Ebanks' 21-point effort, took charge with an early 23-0 spurt Wednesday and went on to crush Providence 88-74.
West Virginia outrebounded the Friars 50-20.
The Mountaineers ran up a big first-half lead, let Providence get to within six points in the second half and then pulled away again.
Wellington Smith and Da'Sean Butler scored 16 points each for the Mountaineers (20-5, 9-4 Big East).
Jamine Peterson totaled 20 points and Brian McKenzie, Vincent Council and Marshon Brooks had 13 each for Providence (12-14, 4-10), which has lost six straight games.