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West Virginia Survives Marist’s Upset Bid In Orlando

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It was ugly, but it counts.

NCAA Basketball: Marist at West Virginia Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A win is a win, but boy was it an ugly one for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Bob Huggins’ squad advanced to the semifinals of the Advocare Invitational after holding off the Marist Red Foxes in a 84-78 win in the HP Field House.

The Mountaineers and Red Foxes traded blows early, but West Virginia would close out the first half after a 14-2 run and take a 13 point lead into the locker room. Marist refused to go away though, and chipped away at the Mountaineer lead through the second half. While the Mountaineers never trailed after the 13:48 mark in the first half, there were times in the second half where that lead was in doubt. The Red Foxes tied the game at 67 with just over five minutes left in the game, but a Jevon Carter three followed by two more from Chase Harler broke the Mountaineers out of a slump.

Carter finished the game with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists. Sagaba Konate netted a double-double with 14 points and ten rebounds. Daxter Miles had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists on the night.

The Mountaineers return to action Friday evening at 5:00 PM in the Advocare Invitational semi-final, where they’ll take on the UCF Knights (4-0). That game will be televised on ESPN2.