In 106 seasons and 2,696 games of West Virginia University men’s basketball, never had an opponent turned the ball over 36 times in a single game. That happened here at the Charleston Civic Center on Wednesday night, and the Mountaineers had an awful lot to do with the statistic.
In addition to the record-breaking opponent turnover number, WVU tied a school record with 26 steals in a 103-72 win over VMI in front of a crowd of 8,102. The No. 21 Mountaineers entered the game in the top 10 in Division I hoops in turnover margin and steals.
“I was concerned because they shoot the ball so well and they play a bunch of guys who have ball skills,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “You saw what happened when they got out of the pressure, they just jumped up and made threes. I was hoping we could turn them over.”