MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–It was a career night at the Coliseum on Monday night.
Sagaba Konate and Chase Harler scored career-highs, paving the way for No. 23 WVU’s 91-62 win over Long Beach State in the opening game of the Advocare Invitational.
Lamont West led the Mountaineers (3-1) with 22 points. Konate tallied 20 points. Harler chipped in 14 points and Jevon Carter had 13.
Konate made 8-of-10 from the floor, grabbed seven boards and had four blocks.
“He’s been in the gym quite a bit,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “(Assistant Coach) Erik (Martin) has done a great job with him. We tried to get him to slow down in the post and then make sure he turned all the way before he turned the ball loose. He was shooting it a little bit on the turn. Erik has done a great job with him.”
Harler was 4-of-6 from 3.
“I said in the pregame show with Tony (Caridi) that is Chase starts making shots, he’s going to get a whole lot of time and be really, really good for us,” Huggins said. “He plays so hard. He plays so hard and knows what he is doing. He doesn’t make glaring mistakes.”
Wesley Harris had a game-high nine rebounds for the Mountaineers.
Gabe Levin had a career-high 23 points. He grabbed 11 rebounds for the 49ers (2-2). Bryan Alberts added 20 points.
WVU started the game sluggish and trailed Long Beach State 9-6 at the first media timeout. However, the Mountaineers answered with an 18-5 run to take a 31-19 lead with 6:17 left in the first half.
WVU outscored Long Beach State’s bench 27-2.
The Mountaineers forced 21 turnovers and had 11 steals.
WVU shot 43.7 percent from the floor, made 12-of-29 from beyond the arc and shot 65.4 percent from the free throw line.
The 49ers shot 37.5 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from 3-point range and 61.1 percent from the line.
The Mountaineers play Marist on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. (ET) in the Advocate Invitational in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.