LAS VEGAS–Daxter Miles Jr. scored 14 points and had six steals as the West Virginia Mountaineers pounded the San Diego State Aztecs 72-50 in the championship game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational on Friday night.
Press Virginia’s defense smothered the Aztecs, forcing 21 turnovers. The Mountaineers stole the ball 13 times.
WVU (6-0) outrebounded San Diego State (4-3) 42-28 as the Aztecs suffered their worst loss of the season at the hands of the Mountaineers.
Devin Williams dominated in the paint. The big man scored 10 points and grabbed nine boards, ending his double-double streak at five straight.
WVU held San Diego State to just 13 made field goals. The Aztecs failed to score from 3-point range.
San Diego State struggled offensively in the second half and the Mountaineers were able to pull away.
WVU started the half on a 12-4 run. Williams scored on three straight baskets to put the Mountaineers ahead 46-30 with 15:48 to play in the game.
Miles hit a jumper with 10:48 left to stretch WVU’s lead to 18.
The Mountaineers shot 50 percent in the second half after shooting just 38 percent in the first.
WVU was trailing San Diego State early in the game when Paige sparked a 15-0 run scoring eight consecutive points.
The senior guard hit back-to-back threes and made a layup off a steal that started a 3:51 scoring drought for the Aztecs.
Miles gave the Mountaineers a 31-22 lead when he had an electrifying putback dunk off an Elijah Macon miss with 3:46 to play in the first half.
Jeremy Hemsley led the Aztecs with 14 points.
Williams was named the tournament MVP. Carter, Miles and Williams were all three named to the all-tournament team.
WVU is 147-29 under head coach Bob Huggins when holding opponents to 69 points or less. The Mountaineers are 128-23 under Huggins when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
WVU is 132-30 when outrebounding its opponent during Huggins’ tenure at the school.
The Mountaineers have made at least one basket from beyond-the-arc in 529 consecutive games.
WVU returns to action next Saturday, Dec. 5 when they take on Kennesaw State at the Coliseum. Tip-off is slated for 12:30 p.m.