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WVU Downs Fairmont State, 89-70

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia picked up an 89-70 victory over Fairmont State in an exhibition game on Monday evening at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers made 37-of-54 free throw attempts on 40 FSU fouls in the victory. WVU shot 41 percent from the floor compared to 37 for the Falcons.  West Virginia also held a slim 44-41 advantage on the glass. Fairmont State held a 34-10 advantage in the paint and a 14-8 advantage on the fast break.

Stevie Browning scored a team-high 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the game. Caleb Davis also reached double-figures with 13 points. Trevor Andrews-Evans led the Falcons on the glass with nine rebounds. A total of six players fouled out in the game, including five for the Falcons.

Four WVU players reached double figures, led by Eron Harris with 30 points on 6-of-12 from the field. Harris was also 15-of-20 from the line. Nathan Adrian went 6-of-10 from behind-the-arc with 21 points. Gary Browne (18) and Juwan Staten (13) also reached double figures. Devin Williams led the Mountaineers on the glass with 14 rebounds.

West Virginia held a 22-8 advantage in fouls to build a 45-33 lead at the half. The Mountaineers only made nine field goals in the opening half, including seven from behind-the-arc. WVU went 20-for-29 from the free throw line in the first half.

The game stayed close for the first 14 minutes with the largest lead being just six points for West Virginia. Over the next three and a half minutes, West Virginia went on a 9-2 run to take a 42-29 advantage with just 3:32 remaining. The Mountaineers maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the half to take a 45-33 advantage into the locker room.

The teams combined for just six points in the first eight minutes of the second half before West Virginia went on a 12-4 spurt to stretch the lead to 19 points at the mid-way point of the second half. The Falcons would chip away at the WVU lead to get the advantage down to just 11 points with 4:24 remaining. However, WVU would use another 9-2 spurt to stretch the lead back to 18 with two minutes to play as the Mountaineers wrapped up the 89-70 victory.

The Falcons will open the regular season on Saturday at 3 p.m. when they host Bowie State on the first day of the Joe Retton Classic.