West Liberty carried a 53-26 lead into the halftime break. At that point, State, as a team, had one assist against 17 turnovers.
Those are the kinds of numbers Crutchfield stresses.
"Our big thing is, we want to have a great turnover differential, and we did," he said. "I thought we had a great level of intensity tonight. I never thought we'd come down here and beat a good team like this by 30-something points."
Cedric Harris led the Hilltoppers' balanced attack with 18 points, including 12 on four 3-pointers early in the second half. Tim Hausfeld (15 points), Mike Lamberti (12) and Chris Morrow and Keene Cockburn (11 each) also scored in double figures.
For State, David Ford joined Hutchins in double figures with 17 points, including 9 of 11 from the free-throw line.
West Liberty has won five straight since its only loss of the season, a 101-96 setback to the University of Charleston two weeks ago at Eddie King Gym. The Hilltoppers will get a chance to avenge that defeat when the Golden Eagles visit West Liberty on Feb. 11.
State, meanwhile, hopes to regroup for its next game, which comes Saturday at home against WVC cellar dweller Bluefield State.
Poore is hoping for a minor miracle down the stretch.
"How do we turn it around? We hope and pray they become a team," he said. "Hopefully they'll go over to the dorms tonight and the Fairy Godmother will come down and tap them on the head and we'll become a team."
Reach Nick Scala at 304-348-7947 or nsc...@wvgazette.com.