INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- Bryan Poore saw the same smothering-pressure, shot-swishing West Liberty team he has gotten used to seeing in recent years. Even tougher, the West Virginia State coach saw the Hilltoppers with a stinging loss still fresh in mind.
The names do change in college basketball, even with one of NCAA Division II's top programs. But as the 105-85 score Monday night at Fleming Hall indicated, West Lib foes aren't getting any relief.
The Yellow Jackets are all too familiar with Cedric Harris, who scrapped his way to 28 points. But then there's this Devin Hoehn guy who tossed in seven deep 3-pointers for 21 demoralizing points. He needed only nine attempts.
It not like the redshirt freshman from Parkersburg parachuted from the sky for his college debut Monday - Hoehn did pretty much the same thing way back on Nov. 25, hitting 6 of 8 pointers for 26 points in the Hilltoppers' 128-69 decapitation of State.
The two-game line for Hoehn vs. State: 16 of 23 from the floor, 13 of 17 from 3-point range, 2 for 3 from the line, 47 points. For the record, his season scoring average is a more humble 14.6.
"You always keep thinking, 'Well, they graduated this kid or that kid.' You think they're going to have a drop-off," Poore said. "Some way or another, [West Liberty coach] Jim [Crutchfield] keeps finding kids who can make shots.
"And No. 4 [Hoehn] is their All-American in grooming, and we made him look like one tonight."
"He's a good perimeter shooter, and he's a good [inside] scorer to go along with it," Crutchfield said. "He plays with a lot of confidence, and I think his game is just getting better and better. As the season has progressed, I think his role is getting stronger and stronger."
Hoehn (pronounced "Hern") started the proceedings with three quick 3-pointers, erasing the Yellow Jackets' short-lived leads of 4-3 and 8-6. His fourth was part of a rapid-fire 15-2 run that gave the Hilltoppers a 27-12 lead and forced Poore to take cover with a timeout.
The halftime count was 61-34 and West Lib's maximum lead was 89-54 with 10:19 left. At that point, the Hilltoppers backed off their withering press and State played its most efficient, enjoyable basketball of the night.