WVU basketball: Mountaineers beat up on Racers

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 16: Daxter Miles Jr.
SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 16: Daxter Miles Jr. /

The WVU basketball team is on to the Round of 32. The Mountaineers looked impressive in their first round win against Murray State.

In an 85-68 win against the Racers, the WVU basketball team took care of business and won the way it was supposed to win. It took some time to fully get out in front, but the Mountaineers ran away with the game in the second half.

It was dominant and strong as the Mountaineers received a huge jolt from its senior leader Jevon Carter. The guard who has been taking the nation by storm scored 21 points and played nearly the whole game.

People are taking notice of his heart and hustle and Carter is showing how he gets things done on both ends of the court. He also had eight assists, five rebounds and six steals. Freshman Teddy Allen had one of his best games in a while with 16 points and four rebounds.

The scoring output didn’t stop there with Sagaba Konate adding 14 points and Esa Ahmad scoring 12. Daxter Miles had nine despite taking a backseat. The depth of the WVU basketball team truly showed in this one and that will be key for the rest of the tournament.

For the Racers, Terrell Miller led with 27 points and Ja Morant had 14. One of the best players in the country and the top player in the Ohio Valley Conference, Jonathan Stark, was limited to just nine points. Carter did a great job frustrating him on the perimeter Stark was 1 of 12 on field goal attempts, just 1 of 10 from behind-the-arc. He also did not record any rebounds.

The Mountaineers were actually out rebounded, 36-33, because Miller had 17 himself. Still, the WVU basketball team truly dominated inside with 48 points in the paint and 16 second-chance opportunities.

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The Mountaineers now will rally in the whole state of West Virginia with a second round match up with Marshall. It sure is interesting and a special time to be a part of Mountain State sports.