LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. –Jevon Carter scored 20 points as No. 23 West Virginia hung on to defeat Marist 84-78 in the Advocare Invitational.
The Mountaineers (4-1) looked flat most of the game but managed to take a 15-point lead halfway through the second half. However, the Red Foxes (0-4) made a run at pulling off the upset.
Knudsen hit a pair of 3s that got Marist with 65-62 with 7 minutes to play and the Red Foxes tied it on Brian Parker’s jumper.
Carter hit a clutch 3, extending WVU’s lead to 70-67 with 5:22 remaining. And the Mountaineers were able to keep Marist at bay the rest of the game.
Sagaba Konate had his first double-double on the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Daxter Miles Jr. tallied 12 points.
Knudsen led the Red Foxes with 19 points. Parker had 14 and Isaiah Lamb 10.
WVU forced 24 turnovers, leading to 26 points.
Marist’s bench outscored the Mountaineers’ bench 31-20.
WVU made 26-of-74 from the field and shot 21 percent from beyond the arc.
The Red Foxes shot 55 from the floor and 48 from 3-point range.
One difference maker in the game was the Mountaineers exceptional free throw shooting. They made 24-of-29 from the charity stripe versus Marist’s 16-of-25 shooting from the line.
In the first half Beetle Bolden left the game with an apparent right knee injury but the sophomore returned and made some key 3s.
WVU takes on UCF on Friday at 5 p.m. in the semifinal.
The Red Foxes face Nebraska in the consolation game.
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