LAS VEGAS–Devin Williams tied his career high tallying 23 points and grabbing 12 boards to help the West Virginia Mountaineers defeat the Richmond Spiders 67-59 on Thursday at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.
The Mountaineers improved to 5-0 on the season. Williams had his fifth straight double-double, the most since Rod Thorn started the season with six during the 1960-61 season.
Jevon Carter was the only other player in double figure scoring with 13 points.
WVU shot 44 percent from the field and a lowly 15 percent from beyond-the-arc.
The Spiders shot 39 percent from the field and 13 percent from 3-point range.
Jonathan Holton sparked the Mountaineers when he had two big dunks to put WVU in front 48-40 with 12:02 remaining in the game.
Richmond pulled within two with 5:52 to play, but the Mountaineers’ defense held up.
Jaysean Paige drilled a three with 2:25 to go to give WVU a 59-54 lead. Williams would score the next points to put the Mountaineers up 63-56 with 33 seconds remaining.
WVU forced 14 turnovers and had seven steals.
Terry Allen led the Spiders with 20 points. Shawndre’ Jones added 15.
The Mountaineers have now won 121 of their last 149 games against unranked teams.
The Mountaineers will play for the championship on Friday at 10:30 p.m. (ET) against the winner of the California/ San Diego State game.