No. 24 WVU hosts Long Beach State in opening game of Advocare Invitational

No. 24 WVU hosts Long Beach State in opening game of Advocare Invitational

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No. 24 WVU hosts Long Beach State in opening game of Advocare Invitational

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Long Beach State rolls into town on Monday to square off against No. 24 West Virginia in opening game of the Advocare Invitational.

The two teams are on opposite sides of the bracket to be played in Orlando, guaranteeing three games from November 23-26.

On Saturday, Daxter Miles Jr. sizzled in the Mountaineers 111-48 victory over Morgan State, scoring 32 points. Currently, the senior is WVU’s leading scorer, averaging 18.3 points per game.

Jevon Carter (16.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists) is the face of the Mountaineers’ defense. The senior point guard has forced seven turnovers. He has 15 steals and two blocked shots.

Sagaba Konate (6.0 points, 5.5 rebounds) leads the team with eight blocks.

Lamont West (9.7 points, 5.7 rebounds) and Wesley Harris (8.3 points, 6.0 rebounds) round out the starting five for WVU.

Beetle Bolden (16.0 points) adds a spark off the bench for the Mountaineers. The sophomore is shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc this season.

Freshman Teddy Allen (8.7 points) has scored in double figures in WVU’s last two games.

The 49ers are coming off an 89-81 loss to Oregon State on Saturday. Long Beach State trailed the Beavers by double-digts but rallied in the second half before falling short.

Through three games, senior Barry Ogalue leads the 49ers in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per contest.

Gonzaga graduate transfer Bryan Alberts averages 15.3 points. Senior Gabe Levin averages 11.7 points and 9.0 rebounds. Last season he had back-to-back double-doubles against Louisville and North Carolina.

Long Beach State is shooting 78.7 percent from the charity stripe and ranks in the nation’s top 15 against Division I opponents.

Last season Temidayo Yussuf led the Big West in field goal percentage, shooting 57.8 percent from the field. He is averaging 9.4 points and 4.6 rebounds on the year.

The game is the second meeting between the Mountaineers and the 49ers.The teams previously played in the 76 Classic (Now the Wooden Legacy) in Anaheim, with WVU coming away with the victory.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on AT&T Sports.

 

 

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