WVU basketball rolls to a rout of NJIT at home

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 30: Jevon Carter /

Jevon Carter stole the show and broke the school steals record in the WVU basketball team’s big win against NJIT.

At home on Thursday, the Mountaineers defeated the Highlanders, 102-69. NJIT actually had an early lead on West Virginia as the home team struggled to shoot the ball. West Virginia managed to gain a sizable halftime lead and coast through the second half.

The WVU basketball team ended up shooting 49 percent from the floor and converted a decent 14 of 34 on 3-pointers. Carter made five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 25 points. Carter’s defensive play once again made the difference.

Carter had five steals against NJIT, just a regular night at the office for the WVU basketball team’s star player. But with those steals, he now owns the record for that category in WVU basketball history. Carter has 254 steals, which passed the former leader, Greg Jones. With so many more games left in this season, Carter can easily reach 300 and maybe even get to 350 by the end of the year, especially if the Mountaineers make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

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Carter didn’t do it all by himself on Thursday. As usual, some regular contributors stepped up and got the job done. Freshman Teddy Alllen scored 16 points to continue his solid play in his first year of collegiate ball. Lamont West added 13 points, proving that he can be a true scoring threat around the court, and James Bolden continues to be the Mountaineers’ best pure shooter as he scored 12 points. Wesley Harris also reached double figures with 11 points.

The WVU basketball grabbed more rebounds than the Highlanders at 42-34, which is a good sign considering Missouri beat the Mountaineers in that department last game. However, the leading rebounder for the WVU basketball team was Carter, who grabbed eight. West Virginia scored 28 points in the paint and had 13 second-chance points.

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Things now get a bit tougher for the WVU basketball team with Virginia coming to town. The Cavaliers are 7-0 on the year and ranked near West Virginia in the top 25.