MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–On Wednesday, No. 24 West Virginia bounced back after a dreadful season opener thanks to the stellar performances from Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr.
The senior guards struggled in the Mountaineers (1-1) loss to Texas A&M and they combined to miss their first eight jumpers against American. However, the duo soon caught fire and finished the night with 20 points apiece.
Carter had nine steals, seven assists and seven rebounds in WVU’s 98-64 victory.
The Mountaineers host Morgan State (2-1) on Saturday night.
Through two games, James “Beetle” Bolden leads WVU in scoring with an average of 17.6 points per contest. The sophomore guard poured in a career-high 19 points in the Mountaineer’s loss to the Aggies.
“That’s what we put him in for,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “It’s not his lock-down defense. The hard thing sometimes to get those guys to realize is that’s why he’s in the game. He was open several times in the first half and we didn’t get him the ball and we should have gotten him the ball.”
Lamont West (10 points, 6 rebounds) and Wesley Harris (10 points, 5.5 rebounds) both added a presence from beyond the arc.
Against America, Huggins benched Sagaba Konate. If the 6-foot-8, 260-pound center is in the lineup, he is a defensive force that will help the Mountaineers. Last season Konate set a freshman record with 53 blocks.
The Bears return 10 players and are predicted to win the MEAC. Last week Morgan State stunned South Florida with a 62-53 upset in Tampa.
The Bears are led by forward Phillip Carr (12 points, 10.5 rebounds).
Point guard Martez Cameron (10 points, 4.0 rebounds) and LaPri McCray-Price (11 points, 5.7 rebounds) can both wreak havoc. Morgan State could benefit from the return of Tiwian Kendley, who led the MEAC in scoring last season. He has missed the first three games of the season.
WVU is 2-0 all-time against the Bears. The last meeting took place in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament where the sixth-ranked Mountaineers defeated them 77-50 in Buffalo, New York.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (ET).
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