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Not Bear-y Close: WVU, Miles blitz Morgan State, 111-48

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NCAA Basketball: American U. at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Following a slow start in their first home-game against American, the #24 Mountaineers (2-1) wasted little time in putting away Morgan State (2-2), jumping out to a 25-7 lead at the first media timeout before going on to win 111-48 in a rematch of their 2010 first-round NCAA tournament game that saw the Mountaineers win 77-50 on their way to the Final Four.

WVU forced Morgan State into a number of early mistakes, forcing 15 turnovers in the first-half — nine of them coming in the back court and held preseason MEAC player of the year scoreless for the first twenty-two minutes. The pressure continued in the second half, as WVU forced their opponent into twenty or more turnovers, cashing in 36-points off 27-points.

While Morgan State’s best players were held in check, WVU’s Daxter Miles and Jevon Carter had their way with Miles setting a new career-high mark with 32 points on 12 of 15 shooting while Carter chipped in 16 points. Miles 32 points made him the first WVU player to score 30 or more points since Devin Williams recorded 31 against Kansas in the Big XII Tournament in 2016. Joining them in double figures for the third-straight game was James Bolden with 13 points and for a second game-in-a-row, Teddy Allen with 10. Eight other WVU players joined the scoring, as WVU’s bench outscored the Bears 41 to 16.

For WVU, they improved to 3-0 all-time versus Morgan State.

Up Next: WVU hosts Long Beach State, Monday 11/20 at 7:00 PM on AT&T SportsNet; Morgan State hosts Goldey Beacom on Tuesday 11/21 in Baltimore, MD.

Notables:

  • WVU overpowered Morgan State in the paint, with 56-points to 22 from the Bears.
  • After sitting as a healthy scratch against American, Sagaba Konante returned to the starting line-up and made the most of his return, going 4-6 from the floor for 8-points and recording a game-high 4 blocks.