MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. shined as No. 20 West Virginia toppled No. 12 Texas Tech 84-74 on an emotional Senior Night at the Coliseum.
The dynamic duo got the ultimate send-off at home and in return they put on a show for the Mountaineer faithful.
“I have done a lot of Senior Nights, obviously,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “I have never seen two seniors get down and kiss the floor like they did. and meant it. Those two guys love this place, the program and will be forever committed to this university and the people in the state, which is an awesome thing.”
Carter had 21 points and seven assists. Miles scored 18 points and dished out four assists. Sagaba Konate tallied 16 points. Esa Ahmad had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Beetle Bolden chipped in 10.
Jarrett Culver led the Red Raiders (22-8, 10-7 Big 12) with 26 points. Niem Stevenson had 24 points and Zhaire Smith 12.
With the win, WVU (22-8, 11-6) broke a second place tie with Texas Tech.
The Mountaineers forced 13 turnovers and had nine steals.
After an emotional farewell to their senior guards, WVU started the game with a 16-0 run and never looked back.
“We was very excited,” an emotional Miles said after the game. “We was going to shoot the ball regardless. We just stayed with it. We needed that good start.”
From tip-off to the final seconds, the Mountaineers played with vigor.
“I think energy had a lot to do with it,” Huggins said. “We missed the first two shots. When we play with energy we are pretty good.”
The Mountaineers shot 49 percent from the field, 44 percent from beyond the arc and 59 percent from the free throw line.
The Red Raiders shot 44 percent from the floor, 42 percent from 3-point range and 64 percent from the line.
WVU closes out the regular season on Saturday at Texas. Tipoff is slated for 12 p.m.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS