The WVU basketball team continued its roll through December with a nice win at home against Fordham.
Jevon Carter led the charge for WVU as he poured in 10 points and a career-high 12 assists in the 86-69 victory. It was those assists that fueled the rest of the Mountaineers to a solid night offensively. The Mountaineers were led in scoring by Daxter Miles, who had 21 points.
Carter and Sagaba Konate had double-doubles for WVU as the big man added 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. There were three more Mountaineers reaching double figures as Lamont West scored 15, James Bolden scored 11 and Wesley Harris added 10.
West Virginia had a sizable lead early, but Fordham crept back into the game, cutting the deficit to under 10 points midway through the second half. That’s when WVU’s defense woke up and did the things it usually does to keep opposing teams off the board. West Virginia scored 28 points off 17 Fordham turnovers.
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Even though many Mountaineers got in the scoring column, the team struggled to handle the ball by turning it over 14 times, themselves. Konate and West helped clean things up down low with 34 total points in the paint and 23 second-chance points. Fordham only had 11 second-chance points, but did get 30 points in the paint.
The 21-point performance by Miles was one of the cleanest of his collegiate career. He was 8 of 10 on field goal tries and 4 of 6 from behind-the-arc. With him and Bolden emerging as deep threats, other teams will have to key on them from deep range. But with the inside play of WVU also coming into its own, this is becoming a well-balanced offensive team.
The Mountaineers improved to 11-1 on the year and are now in the top 10 according to the national rankings. Fordham dropped to 5-7 on the year.
The time for Big 12 conference play is now upon us and the Mountaineers will head to Oklahoma State top open the second season. West Virginia is the highest-ranked team in the conference.