SAN DIEGO–Jevon Carter scored 28 points and No. 5-seeded West Virginia pummeled Marshall 94-71 on Sunday night to advance to the Sweet 16 against Villanova.
It’s the Mountaineers’ (26-10) third appearance in the Sweet 16 in the last four seasons.
Lamont West had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Beetle Bolden chipped in 11 points and Esa Ahmad 10.
Ajdin Penava tallied 18 points for the Thundering Herd (25-11). Jon Elmore scored 15 points and C.J. Burks added 12.
WVU’s bench outscored Marshall’s 39-21. The Mountaineers dominated the Herd on the glass, outrebounding them 40-24.
WVU forced 18 turnovers and had nine steals.
“We did it for the state,” West said. “We just wanted to go out there and play hard. We knew that we didn’t want to go home with (a loss) and we did what we could do.”
The Mountaineers came out and played sloppy at the start of the game and trailed Marshall 9-2 early on. However, the Herd got lackadaisical and missed shots, allowing WVU to gain momentum.
A 23-2 run gave the Mountaineers a 34-20 lead with 5:18 left in the first half.
WVU shot 50 percent from the field, 48 percent from beyond the arc and 89 percent from the free throw line.
Marshall shot 39 percent from the floor, 46 percent from 3-point range and 71 percent from the line.
“We don’t just want the Sweet 16,” Carter said. “We want to win it all.”
With five steals against the Herd, Carter added to his single season steals school record. He has 326 on the season.
The Mountaineers will take on the Wildcats on Friday, March 23 in Boston.
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