Monday, March 27, 2017

WVU routs Northern Kentucky in season opener

WVU's Devin Williams (41) and Jonathan Holton (1) (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

WVU’s Devin Williams (41) and Jonathan Holton (1)
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia University’s basketball team opened the season in electrifying fashion with a 107-61 win over the Northern Kentucky Norse in front of 10,120 fans at the Coliseum on Friday night.

Jevon Carter scored a team-high 24 points and dished out six assists. He had five of the Mountaineers’ 20 steals.

Daxter Miles Jr. tallied 19 points. Devin Williams notched his 18th career double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Jonathan Holton had a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards.

‘Press Virginia’ forced 30 turnovers out of the Norse.  The Mountaineers shot 49 percent from the floor, but shot 24 percent from beyond-the-arc.

“It feels good with everybody chipping in, doing what they do and you really can’t ask for too much more than that,” Carter said.

The Mountaineers got off to a slow start in the second half. Miles’ captivating dunk got the crowd back into the game with 18:07 to play.

WVU players huddle together before the start of the home opener against Northern Kentucky (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

WVU players huddle together before the start of the home opener against Northern Kentucky (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

WVU went on an 8-2 run to finish the game.

“I thought we played pretty well the first half,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “Then we were lethargic in the second half until the end. We’ve got to do a better job of starting the second half.”

The Mountaineers jumped out to an early lead, scoring off of three turnovers. Miles knocked down the free throw after being fouled to complete the and-one.

Dean Danos cut WVU’s lead to 24-16 with 10:34 left in the first half, but the Mountaineers went on a 19-1 run to lead 43-17 with 6:32 remaining.

WVU led 62-32 at the half. The Mountaineers shot 53 percent from the field, making 21-of-40.

WVU had 13 steals and forced 19 turnovers.

Tyler White led NKU with 17 points. Lavone Holland II had 11.

The win marks the 500th victory at the Coliseum for the Mountaineers. It was the fourth time in Coliseum history WVU had a home crowd of 10,000 or more in November.

The Mountaineers are back in action on Monday, Nov. 16. against James Madison in Charleston.

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