Carter Joins An Exclusive Club

WVU senior notches 500th assist in victory vs. Cyclones

West Virginia guard Jevon Carter (2) asks coach Bob Huggins to put him back in the NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

MORGANTOWN — Jevon Carter has dished out a lot of assists during his four-year career for the No. 21 Mountaineers — 499 to be exact.

His next one, however, would put the senior in a class by himself.

In the history of college basketball, no player at a major college had ever scored 1,500 points, dish out 500 assists, haul down 500 rebounds and get 300 steals.

Fans attending Saturday night’s showdown with Iowa State had to wait a little longer than expected, but when junior Esa Ahmad dropped a triple at the 15:59 mark of the first half off a dish from Carter the crowd erupted and gave the Wooden Award finalist a standing ovation.

“I thought it (the standing ovation) was for me,” Ahmad said with a laugh, who finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. “Then, I said oops.”

Carter, who will play his last home game Monday when WVU plays host to No. 6 Texas Tech at 9 p.m. on ESPN2, finished with 24 points, two assists and seven rebounds as the Mountaineers (21-8, 10-6 Big 12) dispatched of the Cyclones by an 85-70 count.

“Like I’ve always said, ‘I don’t reflect on records until the end of the season,'” Carter said. “When I’m done, I’ll think back on them.

“But, it’s just not me. It’s all of the guys.”

He will be the only one.

“He’s a really good player and I’m glad he’s a senior,” ISU coach Steve Prohm explained. “Terrific, terrific player that embodies everything his coach wants. He’s got a bright, bright future and he represents his school and our conference well.”

The victory, combined with No. 8 Kansas’ 74-72 win at Texas Tech and Oklahoma’s 86-77 victory over Kansas State, puts the Mountaineers in sole possession of second place in the Big 12 with two games remaining.

“Yeah, every game is big,” Carter said when asked if Monday’s showdown with the Red Raiders would be a big game. “Do you think we want to lose?

“I just want to give them (our fans) everything I have. I only know how to play one way. This is it.”

Joining Carter and Ahmad in double digits was Daxter Miles Jr. and Sagaba Konate with 14 apiece.

ISU was paced by freshman Lindell Wigginton’s game-high 29 points. Terrence Lewis chipped in 12 and Jeff Beverly added 11.

“(Carter) has put in a lot of work over the years,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said. “He deserves it. He’s worked really hard for it. I had to sit some players down (Saturday) because they don’t understand how hard you have to work to be the player he is.”

The Mountaineers will close out the regular season portion of their season at Texas at noon on Saturday. That contest will be broadcast nationally on either ESPN or ESPN2.

Locally, Cameron’s Logan Routt saw 10 minutes of action, hitting 1 of 2 free throws, hauling down a rebound and dishing out an assist while Chase Harler hit both ends of a 1-and-1 to finish with two points in four minutes of play.

NOTE: After the first day of the Greater American Rifle Championships, West Virginia has already claimed a pair of championships.

The team captured the smallbore title with a combined score of 2333 while junior Ginny Thrasher outdueled teammate Morgan Phillips for the individual championship, shooting a score of 454.8.