Jabarie Hinds scored 19 points to lead four West Virginia double-figures scorers on Monday night as the Mountaineers knocked off Akron 77-56 for their third consecutive win.
Kevin Jones totaled 18 and Deniz Kilicli and Darryl ''Truck'' Bryant added 11 each, but it was Hinds, a freshman guard, who stole the night with his high-tempo play.
He scored 15 points in the first half as West Virginia (4-1) opened a 44-20 advantage at intermission.
The Mountaineers outscored the Zips 20-2 over the last 4:32 of the half, with Hinds getting 12 points in that stretch.
Akron (3-3), averaging better than 50 percent from the field entering the game, shot just 35.7 percent (20 of 56) for the contest. West Virginia shot 47.6 percent (30 of 63).
Nick Harney had 12 and Zeke Marshall tallied 10 for Akron.