MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia returns home to the Coliseum on Thursday as the Advocare Invitational Champions to take on NJIT.
The 19th-ranked Mountaineers (6-1) rallied from a 16-point deficit on Sunday to come back and beat Missouri 83-79.
In the win, WVU got a great team effort from all members. However, seniors Jevon Carter (29 points) and Daxter Miles Jr. (26 points) exhibited their leadership on the court.
Carter leads the nation with 31 steals and is just two steals away from tying Greg Jones’ all-time steals record set in 1980-83.
Miles is 42 points away from becoming the Mountaineers’ 52nd 1,000-point scorer.
WVU leads the latest NCAA in turnover margin (11.3) and forced turnovers (159) and is second in steals (82).
The Mountaineers have forced the opposition to turn the ball over on 29.3 percent of their possessions. They have forced 159 turnovers on the young season.
WVU has forced 10 or more steals and has forced 20 or more turnovers in all but one game this season, the season opening loss to Texas A&M.
Sophomore Lamont West averages 10.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest. Wesley Harris averages 7.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He pulled down 10 boards against the Tigers. Sagaba Konate averages 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds.
The Highlanders (4-2) are coming off a 73-69 win over LIU Brooklyn on Tuesday.
Diandre Wilson (11.5 points) leads NJIT in scoring. Abdul Lewis averages 11.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Anthony Tarke averages 10.5 points.
Thursday’s game will be the first meeting between the two teams.
The Mountaineers are 3-1 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and AT&T Sports is broadcasting the game.
Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS