No. 18 WVU Defeats Virginia
MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s Jevon Carter is doing so much more nowadays than just being a key to Bob Huggins’ smothering defense.
Carter had 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead No. 18 West Virginia to a 68-61 victory over No. 15 Virginia 68-61 on Tuesday night, sending the Cavaliers to their first loss.
“What he did was pretty darn good,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said of Carter. “He’s physical. He’s tough.”
Carter is the returning Big 12 defensive player of the year who leads the nation in steals at 4.5 per game. He broke the school’s career steals record in a win over NJIT last week.
The senior has picked up his offense considerably, too, surpassing 20 points in five games this season.
Carter said his confidence level in his shot is at an “all-time high. I feel like every shot I shoot is going to go in, no matter the situation, the game, the time we score.”
As expected, Carter and Virginia’s Kyle Guy put on a scoring show.
It just didn’t happen right away.
Shadowed by De’Andre Hunter, Carter went scoreless over the first 12 minutes of the game.
Guy missed his first six shots and went scoreless in the first half, then hit six 3-pointers after halftime as Virginia overcame an eight-point deficit.
“He got some pretty good looks in the first half. Maybe a couple were a little rushed,” Bennett said. “But then he got some real clean looks in the second half and I thought the guys did a good job of finding him.”
But Guy missed both shot attempts over the final 4 minutes, finishing with 18 points.
West Virginia’s Lamont West, who tied a season high with 22 points, hit a baseline jumper and a 3-pointer 1:18 apart to break a 56-all tie and put the Mountaineers ahead to stay. After Ty Jerome sank a 3-pointer to trim Virginia’s deficit to 61-59 with 2:33 left, Carter made five free throws and West made two to seal the win.
West Virginia, which went 16 of 18 from the line, has won eight straight.
For the second straight year, the Mountaineers made it difficult for Virginia to get into a consistent offensive rhythm.
“We just wanted to play our pace,” West said. “We didn’t want to play their pace. They play a slower pace and we wanted to speed the game up. We just wanted to focus on defense.”
Daxter Miles Jr. added 12 points for the Mountaineers (8-1). Devon Hall led Virginia (8-1) with 19 points.
The 68 points were the most allowed by Virginia this season.
Virginia: The Cavaliers came up just short in their first true road game outside the state of Virginia and their first game against a ranked opponent this season. It marked Virginia’s first trip to Morgantown since the 1985 National Invitation Tournament.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers found a way to win despite scoring just eight points in the paint, their fewest in that area this season. It’s something that could continue to be an issue until forward Esa Ahmad returns from an academic suspension in January.
COUGHING IT UP
Virginia entered the game tied for fifth in the nation with the fewest turnovers committed at 8.9 per game. The Cavaliers had a season-high 14 Tuesday.
NOT MUSKET READY
Bennett had an idea it would be tough to play in Morgantown, but he wasn’t prepared for the Mountaineers’ buckskin-wearing mascot, who fires a musket before every game.
“I wasn’t quite ready for the gunshot,” Bennett said. “They surprised me on that one. They said it’d be after the starting lineups, and I was talking to the guys and boom there it goes. It’s loud.”
No. 7 Texas A&M 64
PHOENIX (AP) — Deandre Ayton had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Arizona held on to beat No. 7 Texas A&M.
Arizona (6-3) picked up a big win against UNLV on Saturday and notched an even bigger one in front of a pro-Wildcats crowd that made Talking Stick Arena feel like McKale Center west.
It wasn’t easy.
Texas A&M (7-1) pulled within 63-62 on Tyler Davis’ jump-hook with 17 seconds left. Brandon Randolph twice hit 1 of 2 free throws, sandwiched around a travel by Davis, and Duane Wilson was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 2 seconds left. He made two after missing the first attempt, and Dylan Smith made two at the other end to put Arizona up 67-64.
Texas A&M’s Robert Williams missed badly on a long 3-pointer to send the Wildcats rushing off the bench and the Aggies to their first defeat.
Davis led the Aggies with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
BALL ST 80, NO. 9 NOTRE DAME 77
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Tayler Persons hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1.7 seconds remaining and Ball State shocked No. 9 Notre Dame.
Persons scored 24 points, Tahjai Teague added 13 and Sean Sellers had 11 as Ball State knocked off a nationally ranked opponent for the first time since downing No. 4 UCLA 91-73 more than 16 years ago.
Notre Dame (7-2) lost a nonconference home game for the first time since falling to North Dakota State four years ago.
The Cardinals (5-4) led by a high of 67-58 with 6:45 to go, but the Irish charged all the way back to a 77-77 tie on Matt Farrell’s 3-pointer with 20 seconds to go.
NO. 1 DUKE 124, ST. FRANCIS (PA.) 67
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Marvin Bagley III had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke scored 71 points in the first half of its rout of St. Francis (Pa.).
Marques Bolden had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Wendell Carter Jr. had 15 points and Gary Trent Jr. and Grayson Allen both finished with 14 points for the Blue Devils (11-0).
They dominated every line in the box score — setting a school record with 34 assists, shooting 60 percent and building a 61-25 rebounding advantage over a St. Francis team that has only one player taller than 6-foot-9.
Three players — Andre Wolford, Jamaal King and Keith Braxton — scored 13 points each for the Red Flash (3-5), who have lost three of four.
NO. 3 MICHIGAN ST 62, RUTGERS 52
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Miles Bridges scored 21 points and No. 3 Michigan State overcame its worst offensive performance of the season with a victory over surprising Rutgers.
Jaren Jackson Jr. scored all 11 of his points in the second half and had eight of the Spartans’ season-high 13 blocks in helping Michigan State (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten) post its seventh straight win. Joshua Langford added 15 points.
Rutgers (6-3, 0-2) made Michigan State work for this one, holding the Spartans to season lows in points and shooting percentage (38.6). The previous low was 63 points and 40 percent shooting against North Carolina.
What Michigan State did well was play defense. It came into the game with the nation’s best field goal defense (34.2) and it held the Scarlet Knights to 25.8 percent shooting from the field (17 of 66).
NO. 4 VILLANOVA 88, NO. 12 GONZAGA 72
NEW YORK (AP) — Mikal Bridges had his coming out performance as one of top players in the nation, scoring a career-high 28 points to lead No. 4 Villanova over No. 12 Gonzaga in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Bridges, a 6-foot-7 junior guard, had shown Villanova (9-0) what he could do this season with three games of 20-plus points that already signaled he may be the best player on the Big East champs.
Against an NCAA title game finalist and in prime time on basketball’s biggest stage, Bridges flashed the type of all-around talent that should make him an NBA first-round draft pick.
Zach Norvell Jr. led Gonzaga (7-2) with 22 points and Perkins had 16.
NO. 6 WICHITA ST 95, SOUTH DAKOTA ST 85
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Landry Shamet had 21 points and eight assists, Shaquille Morris added 20 points and No. 6 Wichita State rallied to beat scrappy, hot-shooting South Dakota State.
Conner Frankamp added 16 points, setting the school record by hitting a 3 in his 30th straight game, and the Shockers (7-1) slowly dug out of a 13-point second-half hole to beat the Jackrabbits (7-4) for their 23rd consecutive victory at Koch Arena.
Mike Daum hit seven 3-pointers and poured in 31 points for South Dakota State, wowing a number of pro scouts who turned out for the game. But he got into foul trouble and cooled off down the stretch, and the Jackrabbits couldn’t find enough offense from anybody else to hang with the Shockers.
NO. 10 MIAMI 69, BOSTON UNIVERSITY 54
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Freshman Lonnie Walker IV scored a season-high 26 points and No. 10 Miami surged in the second half to beat Boston University.
Walker, making his first career start, shot 9 for 15, went 5 for 7 from 3-point range and added seven rebounds in a season-high 28 minutes.
Dejan Vasiljevic had 15 points for Miami (8-0), which remained unbeaten in non-conference home games since November 2015. Boston U (3-4) still hasn’t beaten a ranked team since 1959.
NEBRASKA 78, NO. 14 MINNESOTA 68
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Glynn Watson Jr. scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half and Nebraska opened up a 16-point lead early in the second half en route to a win over No. 14 Minnesota.
Watson scored seven straight points to open the second half, and Duby Okeke’s dunk put Nebraska (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten) up 48-32 with 15:35 left.
Minnesota (8-2, 1-1) made two of its first 10 shots in the half and struggled against the Huskers’ switching man-to-man defense.
NO. 20 TCU 94, SMU 83
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kenrich Williams had 27 points to lead five TCU players in double figures, and got tackled after a steal and breakaway toward the basket as the 20th-ranked Horned Frogs extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 14 games.
The Frogs (9-0) were already starting to separate themselves midway through the second half when Williams came up with an SMU turnover. The 6-foot-7 guard was going the other way when Ben Emelogu caught up from behind and essentially dragged him to the court.
After the flagrant foul, Williams made one free throw and TCU kept possession. After several passes, Desmond Bane hit a 3-pointer from the left wing in front of the Frogs’ bench that put them up 67-56.
SMU (7-3) was coming off a 17-point home win over then-No.14 Southern Cal just three days earlier.
TEXAS TECH 82, NO. 22 NEVADA 76
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 25 of his career-high 32 points in the second half and overtime and Texas Tech rallied from 11 points down in the second half to beat No. 22 Nevada.
Caleb Martin scored a season-high 28 points and twin brother Cody Martin matched his best of the season with 22 in the Wolf Pack’s first game as a ranked team since 2007. Nevada (8-1) was off to its best start as a Division I school (since 1970).
The Red Raiders (7-1) went without a field goal for the final five minutes of regulation but made six straight free throws down the stretch, including two from Justin Gray with 23 seconds left to force overtime at 70-70.