It was a big night for Jevon Carter. He had 25 points and also became the all-time leader in steals at West Virginia as WVU rolls NJIT, 102-69.
Greg Jones with the top thief in WVU history until he was passed by Carter. The milestone was surpassed with 45 seconds to go in the first half. Carter had five steals in the game.
— WVU Basketball (@WVUhoops) December 1, 2017
Coach Bob Huggins was not happy with the way the Mountaineers played.
“I’ve got two experienced players that I can kind of communicate with (Carter and Daxter Miles Jr.) and the other guys I have a hard time getting them on the right side of the floor, much less knowing what they’re supposed to do,” he said.
It took the Mountaineers a while to get going. Through the first seven minutes of the game the Mountaineers only had 8 points to show for and trailed by four points. A couple of Jevon Carter threes got the ball rolling and put the Mountaineers in the lead at 18-14.
The Mountaineers had three other players reach double figures: Lamont West with 13, James Bolden with 12 and Wesley Harris with 11.
“It’s easier for me to tell you what I didn’t like,” 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.
“I’m about to that point with a couple of those guys. We’ve got to get back and that just doesn’t fall on one guy, but there is one guy whose only responsibility is to get back. The other three guys are supposed to be rebounding and the other guy is like a half-rebounder,” Huggins said.
Up next No. 18 Virginia will be visiting the Coliseum. The game is on Tuesday so there is plenty of time for Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers to work out the kinks.
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