It was the end of an era for the WVU basketball team. In one sense, a door is closed, but so many more remain open for the Mountaineers and their seniors, Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles.
On Monday at the WVU Coliseum, Carter and Miles led the WVU basketball team to an 84-74 win against Texas Tech. It was Senior Night in Morgantown with both Carter and Miles playing their final home game.
Both of these players have played all four years at West Virginia and saw early playing time as freshmen which have helped them prepare for this moment. The players received a loud ovation in pregame announcements and even more thunderous cheers when they exited together late in the second half.
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Carter scored 21 points to pace the Mountaineers and Miles followed behind him with 18 points. Even though he led the WVU basketball team in scoring, Carter still spread the wealth with seven of the team’s 16 assists. He also had three steals. Miles had a steal and three assists.
Miles knocked down four of West Virginia’s 10 3-pointers, which helped it get out to a huge early lead. The WVU Coliseum was energized from start to finish as the team opened a 10-point lead in the first three minutes. The WVU basketball team led by as many as 20 points midway through the first half.
Of course, reality set in a little bit throughout the second half as Texas Tech did not give up without a fight. The Red Raiders shot a decent 43 percent from the floor, well below their output against the WVU basketball team earlier in the season.
Even though this night was all about Carter and Miles, the supporting cast of the Mountaineers helped out with 18 bench points. Also, Sagaba Konate had 16 points, Esa Ahmad added 11 and James Bolden scored 10 to round out those in double figures.
Morale is high and momentum is definitely on the side of the WVU basketball team with just one game remaining in the regular season. West Virginia heads to Texas to play the Longhorns on Saturday.