MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jevon Carter had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Lamont West chipped in 22 points as No. 16 West Virginia edged No. 15 Virginia 68-61 on Thursday in front a packed Coliseum.
Daxter Miles Jr. tallied 12 points for the Mountaineers (8-1).
Devon Hall had 19 points for the Cavaliers (8-1) and Kyle Guy added 18.
WVU led most of the game but three straight 3s from Guy gave UVA the lead with 13:09 left. However, Carter answered immediately with one of his own to give the Mountaineers a 42-41 lead.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Guy tied the game 51-51 with 6:50 remaining. West drained a 3 to give WVU back the lead but once again Guy poured in a 3-pointer, tying the game at 56-56 with 4:51 remaining.
West drained his fourth 3 with 2:59 to go, extending the Mountaineers lead to five. Ty Jerome responded with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 61-59.
West and Carter sealed the victory with a number of free throws.
“It’s college basketball,” Carter said. “He was scoring, we was scoring. He was scoring, we was scoring. It was just back and forth. We knew at some point we had to lock down and get a stop. It came down to whoever was going to get that stop first.”
WVU had a 32-27 advantage on the boards.
The Mountaineers forced 14 turnovers and had six steals. The Cavaliers were unable to get into a consistent rhythm because of WVU’s defense.
“We just wanted to play our pace,” West said. “We didn’t want to play their pace. They play a slower pace and we wanted to speed the game up. We just wanted to focus on defense.”
The Mountaineers shot 42 percent from the field, 40 percent from beyond the arc and 89 percent from the free throw line.
UVA shot 41 percent from the floor, 39 percent from 3-point range and 74 percent from the charity stripe.
WVU travels to Pitt on Saturday for the return of the Backyard Brawl. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m.
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