BLACKSBURG, Va.– Jevon Carter scored 18 points as No. 19 West Virginia defeated non-conference rival Virginia Tech 88-63 on Wednesday afternoon.
Carter made his first eight shots from the field and the Mountaineers never trailed the entire afternoon.
“He played well,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “He sprained his ankle and wanted to get back in, but I didn’t see any sense in putting him back in with an ankle. He actually did it yesterday and most guys go in and lay on the training table and make a miraculous recovery the next day. I told him to go in there and let Doc (Randy Meador) look at it and he goes, “No it will be alright, I’ll just walk it off.” He just kept jumping up and down on it and walking it off and next thing I know he’s out there running around.”
The Hokies refused to go away in the first half, but “Press Virginia” wore them down in the second. WVU forced 22 turnovers and had 10 steals.
Shane Henry led Virginia Tech with a career-high 12 points. Zach LeDay had 11 points and Seth Allen added 10.
The Hokies cut a 13-point deficit to 41-36 with a minute remaining in the first half on a free throw from Henry. Carter completed a three-point play with 37.8 seconds remaining to give the Mountaineers a 46-36-halftime lead.
WVU started the second half on a 22-8 run. Daxter Miles Jr. gave the Mountaineers a 67-43 with 13:22 to play in the game.
WVU took its largest lead of the game with 4:46 remaining when two free throws from Paige put them up by 26.
The Mountaineers shot 51 percent from the floor and Virginia Tech shot 47 percent.
WVU dominated the Hokies on the boards, out rebounding them 42-24.
Virginia Tech’s Justin Bibbs led the nation in 3-point shooting coming into the game at 61.5 percent, but he made just one from beyond the arc against the Mountaineers.
In the first half, a total of 33 fouls were called between the two teams.
WVU will begin Big 12 play on Sat. Jan.2 when the Mountaineers travel to Manhattan to take on the Kansas State Wildcats.
“Kansas State is playing really, really well,” Huggins said. “They did what we did, you add some malcontents and they went elsewhere and you think you’re not going to be as good and you end up being so much better because you have everybody on the same page.”
The Wildcats are now 10-2 after a 75-47 win over Saint Louis on Tuesday.