MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The Brooklyn boys, Tarik Phillip and Teyvon Myers, combined to score 29 points and carry No. 11 West Virginia University past Northern Kentucky 92-61 on Friday evening.
The Mountaineers (11-1) fell behind early as the Norse (9-4) jumped out to a 12-4 lead after Lavone Holland II dropped a 3-pointer with 16:37 left in the first half.
WVU didn’t take its first lead until the 12:24 mark when Phillip’s layup put the Mountaineers ahead 17-15.
The two teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the first and NKU broke WVU’s press several times.
However, the Mountaineers had a 36-29 edge at the end of the half.
WVU opened the second half with a 12-2 run and the Norse were never able to recover.
Phillip led the Mountaineers with 16 points. Myers had 13. Esa Ahmad scored 12 and Jevon Carter added 11.
Carson Williams tallied 12 for NKU. Holland and Brennan Gillis both added 10.
The Norse’s leading scorer, Drew McDonald, averages 17 points per game but WVU kept the center off the board.
The Mountaineers shot 52 percent from the field and 67 percent from the free throw line.
WVU forced 25 turnovers, leading to 31 points. The Mountaineers had 17 steals.
WVU’s bench chipped in 43 points.
The Mountaineers open conference play next Friday at 4 p.m. against Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS