MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Daxter Miles Jr. scored a career-high 32 points and No. 24 West Virginia thumped Morgan State 111-48 on Saturday night at the Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (2-1) overpowered the Bears in every department from the start, opening the game with a 14-3 run.
“I can’t say it was practice,” Miles said. “You can’t underestimate anybody you play. We gotta keep getting better at everything. I was talking to the young guys about staying into it, not drifting off. Focus on the now.”
Jevon Carter had 16 points and five assists. Beetle Bolden tallied 13 points and Teddy Allen added 10.
Allen has scored in double figures in all three games this season.
LaPri McCray-Pace and Martez Cameron each had 10 points for Morgan State (2-2).
WVU outrebounded Morgan State 49-29 and had 18 fast break points.
Defensively, the Mountaineers appeared to be in sync. WVU forced 27 turnovers, leading to 36 points. They had 10 steals and seven blocks.
“I thought our half-court defense was really good, ” head coach Bob Huggins said. “For most of the game, they couldn’t make a pass. I think there was one possession where their center would dribble the ball for about 20 seconds because no one else could get open. And that is how we want to play. We want to force them as high as we can possibly force them and keep it on one side of the floor. Hopefully, make the guys they don’t want to dribble, dribble.”
The Mountaineers shot 58 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 58 percent from the free throw line.
The Bears shot an abysmal 32 percent from the floor and 33 percent from beyond the arc.
WVU will remain at home on Monday against Long Beach State in the opening game of the Advocate Invitational. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS