MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jevon Carter scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds in No. 19 West Virginia’s 102-69 win over NJIT on Thursday at the Coliseum.
The senior point guard recorded five steals, breaking Greg Jones’ all-time steals record. However, that wasn’t the only thing Carter did.
He slid into 25th place all-time in career scoring, moving past Juwan Staten (1,260) and Steve Berger (1,262).
Teddy Allen tallied a career-high 16 points for the Mountaineers (7-1). Lamont West had 13 points. Beetle Bolden chipped in 12 and Wesley Harris added 11.
Anthony Tarke led the Highlanders with 13 points. Diandre Wilson added 12.
WVU began the game with a sluggish start, allowing NJIT to jump out to an early 8-4 lead. The Highlanders kept the score close throughout the much of the first half.
In the second half, the Mountaineers used a 15-0 run to take a commanding 64-35 lead.
“It’s easier for me to tell you what I didn’t like,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “They scored (34) points in the paint and we scored 28. I didn’t like that. I didn’t like the fact that our point guards didn’t get back. As I explained to them, from day one in coaching my point guards have always gotten back and if they didn’t get back then I found somebody who would.”
Defensively the Mountaineers had several mental lapses in the second half.
“We wasn’t communicating at the end and he (Huggins) got on us about it and let us know,” Bolden said.
WVU forced 19 turnovers and had nine steals. They had a 42-34 edge over the Highlanders on the boards.
The Mountaineers won their seventh straight since dropping the season opener to Texas A&M.
WVU shot 49 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range.
NJIT shot 40 percent from the floor and 35 percent from beyond the arc.
The Mountaineers will have some extra time to prepare for their next game against No. 18 Virginia on Tuesday.
“We just got to work on us,” Carter said. “Every game we try and work on us, become a better team. The coaches do a good job and what we didn’t do well tonight, they do a good job of watching film and next practice we try and go in there and correct those things.”
Tipoff for WVU’s matchup against the Cavaliers is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, Bgs