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No. 25 West Virginia dominates Manhattan

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia set a school record for forcing turnovers, putting the loss to Temple behind them.

Esa Ahmad scored 19 points to lead No. 25 West Virginia to a 108-61 victory Monday night in the final game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

The Mountaineers (5-1) surpassing the school record of 34 by VMI in 2014-15.

''I thought we did a pretty good job but I think a lot of it was they didn't have a long time to prepare,'' West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins said. ''They came down from beating Detroit in double-overtime. I know that they had a workout yesterday and a shootaround today. I think that's why we should be better the second night although we weren't against Temple.''

The game was a much needed psychological boost after a failed comeback against Temple at Barclays Center on Friday.

''(We) don't take anyone for granted,'' Ahmad said. ''We wanted to come out and go 100 percent right out of the gate and that's what we did.''

West Virginia started the game on an 8-0 run over the first 3 minutes, then both teams essentially traded baskets through the next 12 minutes. In the final 5 minutes of the half, James Long and Nathan Adrian led a 22-5 scoring run, giving the Mountaineers a 60-27 halftime lead.

Adrian had 15 points for West Virginia, while Daxter Miles Jr. added 11 and Long had a career-high 10.

Zavier Peart led the Jaspers (2-4) with 11 points. Manhattan outrebounded the Mountaineers, 41-40.

''(When) you're playing on the road, at West Virginia, that's tough in itself, then add on their style of play,'' Manhattan coach Steve Masiello said. ''So, you have three things against you right there.''

BIG PICTURE

Manhattan is impressive off the glass, averaging around 40 rebounds per game but also averages 23 turnovers per game.

West Virginia averages around 27 forced turnovers per game, but is shooting 63 percent from the free throw line.

PARAMOUNT PRESS

West Virginia had only 11 turnovers, as opposed to Manhattan's 40. The Mountaineers remain on top of the NCAA in turnover margin at 16.1.

BENCHMARK DEPTH

Huggins played eight players off the bench for more than 10 minutes. West Virginia's reserves scored 62 points, the most this season for the Mountaineers.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Mountaineers' win over Manhattan should have virtually no effect on their placement in the AP Top 25 but their game against No. 6 Virginia will likely decide where they will finish next Monday.

UP NEXT

Manhattan hosts Canisius on Friday.

West Virginia plays at No. 6 Virginia on Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Zavier Peart made reverse layup 13.0
  Offensive rebound by Zavier Peart 15.0
  Thomas Capuano missed 3-pt. jump shot 17.0
  Defensive rebound by Zavier Peart 28.0
  James Bolden missed 3-pt. jump shot 30.0
  Offensive rebound by Logan Routt 37.0
  Maciej Bender missed reverse layup 39.0
  Bad pass turnover on Thomas Capuano 59.0
+ 2 James Bolden made layup 1:24
  Offensive rebound by James Bolden 1:24
  Logan Routt missed jump shot 1:26
Team Stats
Points 61 108
Field Goals 22-57 (38.6%) 35-74 (47.3%)
3-Pointers 6-22 (27.3%) 8-18 (44.4%)
Free Throws 11-19 (57.9%) 30-43 (69.8%)
Total Rebounds 41 40
Offensive 14 16
Defensive 22 20
Team 5 4
Assists 10 24
Steals 5 18
Blocks 6 5
Turnovers 39 11
Fouls 30 17
Technicals 1 0
11 PTS, 7 REB
19 PTS, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Manhattan 2-4 273461
home team logo 25 West Virginia 5-1 6048108
Team Stats
away team logo Manhattan 2-4 57.3 PPG 34.2 RPG 11.3 APG
home team logo 25 West Virginia 5-1 73.8 PPG 43.4 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
00
Z. Peart F PPG RPG APG FG%
23
E. Ahmad F 12.0 PPG 5.8 RPG 1.8 APG 46.2 FG%
Top Scorers
Z. Peart F 11 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
E. Ahmad F 19 PTS 0 REB 2 AST
38.6 FG% 47.3
27.3 3PT FG% 44.4
57.9 FT% 69.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Waterman 8 5 1 2/4 2/3 2/2 2 19 1 0 11 0 5
T. Capuano 7 1 3 2/10 1/6 2/2 1 25 0 0 2 0 1
Z. Turner 5 2 3 1/3 1/1 2/2 2 16 0 1 8 0 2
A. Ismail 4 3 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 4 12 0 0 1 1 2
A. Walker Jr. 2 1 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 5 16 0 0 4 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Waterman 8 5 1 2/4 2/3 2/2 2 19 1 0 11 0 5
T. Capuano 7 1 3 2/10 1/6 2/2 1 25 0 0 2 0 1
Z. Turner 5 2 3 1/3 1/1 2/2 2 16 0 1 8 0 2
A. Ismail 4 3 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 4 12 0 0 1 1 2
A. Walker Jr. 2 1 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 5 16 0 0 4 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Peart 11 7 0 5/6 0/0 1/3 4 19 0 2 1 5 2
S. Usilo 9 7 0 4/10 1/1 0/4 2 22 0 1 2 3 4
N. Council 9 2 0 3/10 0/5 3/4 1 16 4 0 1 1 1
O. Ehrnvall 3 3 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 11 0 0 2 3 0
C. Crawford 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 3 14 0 0 3 0 1
T. Wilson 1 2 2 0/3 0/1 1/2 3 23 0 0 4 0 2
A. Ojo 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 7 0 2 0 1 1
S. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Maloney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 36 10 22/57 6/22 11/19 30 200 5 6 39 14 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Ahmad 19 0 2 7/7 1/1 4/6 0 18 5 1 2 0 0
N. Adrian 15 7 5 5/11 0/1 5/5 0 23 2 0 0 5 2
J. Carter 6 4 4 1/7 1/4 3/4 1 20 1 1 0 1 3
E. Macon 3 0 1 1/1 0/0 1/2 3 6 1 0 0 0 0
T. Phillip 3 2 2 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 15 2 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Ahmad 19 0 2 7/7 1/1 4/6 0 18 5 1 2 0 0
N. Adrian 15 7 5 5/11 0/1 5/5 0 23 2 0 0 5 2
J. Carter 6 4 4 1/7 1/4 3/4 1 20 1 1 0 1 3
E. Macon 3 0 1 1/1 0/0 1/2 3 6 1 0 0 0 0
T. Phillip 3 2 2 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 15 2 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Miles Jr. 11 3 2 4/6 1/1 2/2 0 16 2 0 1 1 2
J. Long 10 0 1 3/4 2/3 2/3 1 8 1 0 0 0 0
B. Watkins 7 3 1 3/6 0/0 1/2 3 13 2 1 1 2 1
S. Konate 7 4 0 3/8 0/0 1/2 4 13 0 2 1 1 3
L. West 6 1 0 0/4 0/1 6/8 1 17 0 0 0 0 1
T. Myers 6 3 2 1/2 1/1 3/4 0 12 0 0 1 1 2
J. Bolden 5 4 0 2/3 0/1 1/2 1 11 2 0 3 2 2
M. Bender 4 1 2 2/5 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 0 0 1 0
L. Routt 3 3 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 2 5 0 0 1 2 1
C. Harler 3 1 2 1/4 1/2 0/1 0 12 0 0 0 0 1
Total 108 36 24 35/74 8/18 30/43 17 200 18 5 11 16 20