West Virginia Routs Iowa State

West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate (50) dunks during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Jevon Carter needed one assist to make history.

It turned out to be just one of his milestones on Saturday.

Carter scored 24 points as No. 21 West Virginia pulled away for an 85-70 victory over Iowa State.

With 15:59 left in the first half, Carter picked up his first assist of the game, setting up a 3-pointer by Esa Ahmad to become the first major-conference player in NCAA history to record more than 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in a career.

With 6:42 left in the second half, Carter reached another big number, surpassing 1,600 career points, becoming only the 14th player to do so in West Virginia program history.

“Like I always say, I don’t pay any attention to records until after I’m done,” Carter said. “After my last game, I’ll look back on my career. It’s big to be in the position that I’m in. It just goes to show you that hard work can take you anywhere.”

West Virginia (21-8, 10-6 Big 12) was held in check early by the short-handed Cyclones. Iowa State played only five starters and two reserves and led the Mountaineers by as much as four with 11 minutes left in the first half.

WVU clawed back to tie the game at 28 with 3:39 left, and then closed with an 11-2 run to take a 39-30 halftime lead. The Mountaineers opened the second half with an 8-2 run, and the Cyclones (13-15, 4-12) never recovered.

West Virginia out-rebounded Iowa State 47-27.

Ahmad had 18 points and 11 rebounds for his second career double-double. Sagaba Konate added 14 points along with six blocks, and Daxter Miles scored 14 points.

Lindell Wigginton led Iowa State with a game-high 29 points.

“He’s really good,” Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins said. “I was trying to find out if they had any more guys like that in Nova Scotia. He’s good. He can score it off the bounce, he shoots it off the catch and he’s just really good.”

Terrence Lewis added 12 points and Cameron Lard grabbed 10 rebounds.

“Jevon is really good and I’m glad he’s a senior,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said.

NO. 1 VIRGINIA 66

PITTSBURGH 37

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Virginia allowed just seven points in the first half against Pittsburgh and secured the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference title outright.

Freshman guard De’Andre Hunter came off the bench to lead the Cavaliers (26-2, 14-1 ACC) with 14 points in a game that didn’t take big offensive efforts from Virginia’s regulars. Of the five starters, only guard Ty Jerome exceeded his season average with 13 points.

CREIGHTON 89

No. 3 VILLANOVA 83

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Foster scored 28 points, Davion Mintz gave Creighton the lead for good early in overtime, and the Bluejays defeated the highest-ranked opponent in program history with an upset of No. 3 Villanova.

NO. 5 DUKE 60, SYRACUSE 44

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Marvin Bagley III had 19 points in his return from a sprained knee, and Duke beat Syracuse for its fifth straight win.

NO. 8 KANSAS 74

NO. 6 TEXAS TECH 72

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Devonte Graham scored 26 points and Kansas set an NCAA record with its 14th straight regular-season conference championship, beating Texas Tech to clinch at least a tie for the Big 12 title.

Graham hit a tiebreaking jumper with 1:30 remaining to help Kansas (23-6, 12-4) to its fourth straight win and a two-game lead over the Red Raiders, who have lost three in a row for the first time this season. The Jayhawks never trailed.

All 14 of the titles have come under coach Bill Self, who finished second in his first season at KU.

The current skid for the Red Raiders (22-7, 10-6) started when leading scorer Keenan Evans injured a toe in the first half of a loss to Baylor that pulled Kansas even in the Big 12 race.

Zhaire Smith scored 20 points and fellow freshman Jarrett Culver had 18 for Texas Tech, which dropped its second straight game since reaching the highest ranking in school history.

NO. 6 GONZAGA 79, BYU 65

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Johnathan Williams scored 16 points, and Gonzaga beat BYU to clinch another West Coast Conference championship.

FLORIDA 72, NO. 12 AUBURN 66

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — KeVaughn Allen bounced back from his first scoreless game in more than three years with 24 points, including two huge 3-pointers in the closing minutes, and Florida beat Auburn.

Jalen Hudson added 19 points for the Gators, including a pivotal three-point play with 26.8 seconds remaining.

NO. 13 WICHITA STATE 84

SMU 78

DALLAS (AP) — Markis McDuffie scored a season-high 26 points off the bench, including nine during the first four minutes of the second half, to lead Wichita State over SMU.

NO. 15 CLEMSON 75

GEORGIA TECH 67

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Gabe DeVoe scored 25 points and Shelton Mitchell added 14 as he returned from two games missed with a concussion, leading Clemson past Georgia Tech.

NO. 17 MICHIGAN 85

MARYLAND 61

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 22 of his career-high 28 points in the decisive first half, and Michigan easily defeated Maryland for its fifth straight victory.

NO. 19 TENNESSEE 73

MISSISSIPPI 65

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Admiral Schofield scored 23 points, Jordan Bowden scored 15, Lamonte Turner scored 13 and Tennessee beat Mississippi.

NO. 22 SAINT MARY’S 67

SANTA CLARA 40

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Jock Landale had 19 points and eight rebounds in his final home game, and Saint Mary’s beat Santa Clara.

Emmett Naar added 12 points and Calvin Hermanson had 10 on Senior Day for Saint Mary’s (27-4, 16-2 West Coast Conference). Jordan Ford scored 13.

NO. 24 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 79 UAB 54

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Nick King scored 22 points, Giddy Potts had 17 and Middle Tennessee celebrated its first game as a ranked team by beating UAB.

The Blue Raiders (23-5, 15-1 Conference USA) entered the AP poll for the first time on Monday, but hadn’t played since an 87-70 victory at Louisiana Tech last Saturday. They showed no signs of any rust, jumping to a 40-19 halftime lead against the Blazers.

Potts made five of Middle Tennessee’s 11 3-pointers. Brandon Walters scored 16 points, and Antwain Johnson had 11.

Zack Bryant led UAB (17-12, 8-8) with 13 points.

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