West Virginia 95, Oakland, Mich. 71

John Flowers set a career high of 16 points and blocked seven

shots to lead West Virginia to a 95-71 victory over Oakland on

Friday night.

Casey Mitchell, Deniz Kilicli and Darryl Bryant added 12 points

apiece and Joe Mazzula added 15 for the Mountaineers.

Keith Benson scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for

Oakland, which played its first game since its NCAA tournament

berth last March.

West Virginia shot 50.8 percent and had 13 turnovers.

The inside game of the Golden Grizzlies also gave West Virginia

trouble, as Oakland scored 38 of its 71 points in the paint and

shot 17 free throws.

The victory marks the 14th consecutive win in season openers for

the Mountaineers.