No. 8 West Virginia 88, Providence 74
Devin Ebanks scored 21 points and No. 8 West Virginia used its big height advantage to dominate inside and break a two-game losing streak with an 88-74 win over Providence on Wednesday night.
The Mountaineers took a 25-4 lead by scoring 23 straight points, but Providence cut that to 46-28 at halftime and 48-42 with a 14-2 really to open the second half. West Virginia then recovered by scoring the next nine points and stayed in front by at least 10 the rest of the way.
West Virginia (20-5, 9-4 Big East) had dropped from the No. 5 ranking with losses to Villanova and to Pittsburgh in triple overtime. Providence (12-14, 4-10) lost its sixth straight game. The Friars were led by Jamine Peterson, their tallest starter at 6-foot-6, with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Four starters for the Mountaineers were taller.