CHARLESTON, W.Va.– Esa Ahmad tallied 14 points as No.15 West Virginia University thumped Western Carolina 90-37 on Wednesday night at the Charleston Civic Center.
The Mountaineers’ press caused problems from the start for the Catamounts (3-6).
WVU (7-1) forced 34 turnovers, leading to 37 points. The Mountaineers had 21 steals.
“It’s hard for them just because we don’t let people run offense,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “We make people play. (Western Carolina coach) Larry Hunter is a good coach and he runs really good sets, we just let people get into it. I think everybody gets to the point where they see other people turn it and you want to take care of the ball. The best thing to do is throw it backwards and it’s hard to run offense when you’re constantly throwing the ball backwards.”
Jevon Carter scored 13 Points. Elijah Macon had a season-high 11 points and Teyvon Myers added 10.
The Mountaineers used a 23-2 run to build a 30-5 lead with 9:49 to play in the first half.
Daxter Miles Jr. hit a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining to give WVU a 46-12 lead at the half.
The Mountaineers had an 43-22 advantage in the paint.
WVU’s bench scored 43 points.
The Mountaineers shot 49 percent from the floor and made 8-of-26 from beyond the arc. WVU shot 71 percent from the charity stripe.
WCU shot 26 percent from the field and 22 percent from 3-point range.
Huggins is two wins shy of 800 career victories.
The Mountaineers lead the nation in scoring margin (30.3), forced turnovers (25), steals per game (13) and turnover margin (14.7).
WVU’s next game will be on Saturday against VMI at the Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Cover Photo Credit: All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo- wvusports.com