CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.–Jevon Carter scored 11 points and No. 25 West Virginia University rallied to knock off No. 6 Virginia 66-57
The Mountaineers (6-1) fell behind early but a furious rally sealed the victory over one of the country’s top teams at home.
Esa Ahmad dropped a 3 with 1:28 to go to break a 55-all tie.
Thompson missed a 3 just seconds later and WVU grabbed the rebound, causing the Cavaliers (7-1) to run out of time and send the Mountaineers to the free throw line repeatedly.
WVU made its final six from the charity stripe to seal the victory.
Both teams exchanged leads 14 times in the second half.
Nathan Adrian tallied 10 points. Ahmad had nine points and seven rebounds.
Darius Thompson led UVA with 14 points.
WVU’s pressure defense wreaked havoc on the Cavaliers. The Mountaineers forced 14 turnovers and had 10 steals.
“It’s not just stealing the ball, it’s the cumulative effect of making them work, not being able to walk the ball up the floor and play at their pace,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “We want people to play at our pace. It’s a big deal for us.”
WVU shot 45.1 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from 3-point range and 45.1 percent from the line.
UVA shot 45.8 percent from the floor and 31.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Daxter Miles Jr. was ejected in the first half after hitting Cavaliers’ guard Isaiah Wilkins in the face with his elbow.
The Mountaineers will take on Western Carolina on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The game will take place at the Charleston Civic Center.
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