The Mountaineers had a slow start against American. Once the defense got going so did the rest of the team. Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles had 20 points each leading the Mountaineers to a 98-64 win over American. Carter and Miles are names Mountaineer fans are certainly familiar with.
Late in the first half the Mountaineers and Eagles were tied up at 24. WVU finished the final 6 1/2 minutes of the half on a tear, outscoring the Eagles 20-9.
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“In the first half, we were giving up straight line drives and open shots,” Jevon Carter said. “In the second half, once we started getting stops, that’s when our offense started clicking.”
WVU was ice cold in the first half, shooting 12 of 32 from the field (37.5%). The finally heated up and ended up shooting 32 of 63 (51%).
“We had shots in the first half, we just didn’t make any and we forced things,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “We didn’t really take what we had. I thought we did a better job in the second half of taking what they gave us.”
Other contributors for the Mountaineers include Bettle Bolden with 16 points and freshman Teddy Allen with 14 points. Lamont West added 12 points including 10 from the line.
Interestingly Sagaba Konate did not see any action in the game. He started in the Mountaineers loss to Texas A&M.
“It wasn’t a suspension or anything, I just didn’t want to play him,” Huggins said. “That’s my prerogative. Coach’s decision.”
Up next for the Mountaineers is a home game against Morgan State on Saturday.