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No. 11 West Virginia routs Northern Kentucky 92-61

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia coach Bob Huggins wanted to see some improvement from his team after a sloppy performance against Radford.

He had to wait a while.

Tarik Phillip scored 16 points and the 11th-ranked Mountaineers pulled away from Northern Kentucky for a 92-61 victory on Friday.

West Virginia shot 52 percent from the field, overcoming a slow start on the way to its seventh straight win. Teyvon Myers had 13 points, Esa Ahmad scored 12 and Jevon Carter finished with 11.

The Mountaineers (11-1) got outscored in the second half of an 84-57 win against the Highlanders on Tuesday. Then Northern Kentucky jumped to a 12-4 lead early in the first half against Huggins' team.

''We got to stop hurting ourselves,'' Huggins said. ''We just didn't play very well in the first half and I think they were a lot better than our guys thought they were.''

But West Virginia rallied to a 36-29 lead at the break and then opened the second half with a 12-2 run. The Norse (9-4) never recovered.

''We adjusted our press a little bit and they wore down,'' Phillip said. ''We just turned it up to the next notch so we could put the game out of reach.''

West Virginia finished the game without junior forward Elijah Macon, who tweaked his right knee in the second half. But Huggins said he didn't think it was serious.

Carson Williams led Northern Kentucky with 12 points. The Norse went 2 for 16 from 3-point range.

''I thought we handled pressure in the first half pretty well,'' Northern Kentucky coach John Brannen said. ''We rebound the basketball. We didn't get annihilated on the glass like a lot of teams do.''

Northern Kentucky had a 36-33 advantage on the glass.

BIG PICTURE

Northern Kentucky: Despite the loss, the Norse have won eight of their last 10 games. The Norse begin Horizon League play next week.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers also sputtered a bit in the second half of their 84-57 win against Radford on Tuesday. With the Big 12 schedule looming, West Virginia needs to improve in a couple different areas to compete in the conference.

PRESS VIRGINIA

West Virginia scored 31 points off 25 Northern Kentucky turnovers. The Mountaineers lead the NCAA in turnovers forced as well as turnover margin.

NAUGHTY NORSE

Cole Murray and Mason Faulkner both fouled out for Northern Kentucky. Faulkner was assessed a flagrant foul when Myers went up for a layup and Faulkner tripped him during the shot. The Norse bench also received a technical in the second half.

UP NEXT

Northern Kentucky visits Detroit Mercy on Thursday.

West Virginia visits Oklahoma State next Friday.

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Key Players
L. Holland II
N. Adrian
25.5 Min. Per Game 25.5
10.8 Pts. Per Game 10.8
3.8 Ast. Per Game 3.8
6.1 Reb. Per Game 6.1
43.1 Field Goal % 41.7
41.2 Three Point % 20.6
68.8 Free Throw % 76.9
  Defensive rebound by Maciej Bender 20.0
  Brennan Gillis missed jump shot 22.0
  Offensive rebound by Jordan Garnett 35.0
  Jeff Garrett missed layup 37.0
  Defensive rebound by Jeff Garrett 43.0
  James Bolden missed layup 45.0
  Lost ball turnover on Brandon Maxwell 1:06
  Defensive rebound by Jeff Garrett 1:10
  James Long missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:12
  Bad pass turnover on Brennan Gillis 1:21
+ 1 Lamont West made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:44
Team Stats
Points 61 92
Field Goals 19-48 (39.6%) 32-62 (51.6%)
3-Pointers 2-16 (12.5%) 4-17 (23.5%)
Free Throws 21-32 (65.6%) 24-36 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 39 34
Offensive 11 10
Defensive 25 23
Team 3 1
Assists 4 13
Steals 3 17
Blocks 1 8
Turnovers 25 8
Fouls 28 24
Technicals 1 0
12 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
16 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo N. Kentucky 9-4 293261
home team logo 11 W. Virginia 11-1 365692
Team Stats
away team logo N. Kentucky 9-4 78.5 PPG 40.1 RPG 16.9 APG
home team logo 11 W. Virginia 11-1 73.8 PPG 43.4 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
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C. Williams F PPG RPG APG FG%
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T. Phillip G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
C. Williams F 12 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
T. Phillip G 16 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
39.6 FG% 51.6
12.5 3PT FG% 23.5
65.6 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Williams 12 6 1 4/8 0/0 4/6 1 31 0 0 2 2 4
L. Holland II 10 2 0 3/8 1/5 3/3 1 31 1 0 3 0 2
J. Garnett 9 7 1 4/8 0/1 1/2 3 26 0 0 4 4 3
C. Murray 5 0 1 2/5 1/4 0/0 5 19 1 0 0 0 0
D. McDonald 0 5 0 0/4 0/2 0/0 2 20 0 1 7 3 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Williams 12 6 1 4/8 0/0 4/6 1 31 0 0 2 2 4
L. Holland II 10 2 0 3/8 1/5 3/3 1 31 1 0 3 0 2
J. Garnett 9 7 1 4/8 0/1 1/2 3 26 0 0 4 4 3
C. Murray 5 0 1 2/5 1/4 0/0 5 19 1 0 0 0 0
D. McDonald 0 5 0 0/4 0/2 0/0 2 20 0 1 7 3 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Gillis 10 4 0 3/5 0/1 4/6 3 22 0 0 3 2 2
J. Garrett 7 6 0 3/6 0/0 1/5 3 18 0 0 2 0 6
M. Faulkner 5 5 1 0/1 0/1 5/6 5 16 0 0 1 0 5
T. Cobbs 3 0 0 0/1 0/0 3/4 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
B. Maxwell 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 0 0
B. Spellman 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 6 1 0 1 0 1
D. Walton 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 4 0 0 0 0 0
M. Rosenwinkel - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Tate - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Ayers - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 36 4 19/48 2/16 21/32 28 200 3 1 25 11 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Ahmad 12 2 1 5/8 0/1 2/4 2 25 1 1 1 0 2
J. Carter 11 7 4 3/6 1/3 4/7 3 32 4 0 1 2 5
N. Adrian 9 8 3 3/9 0/3 3/4 1 32 3 0 1 5 3
D. Miles Jr. 9 1 0 3/5 1/2 2/2 4 18 3 0 0 1 0
B. Watkins 8 5 0 3/6 0/0 2/5 3 19 0 3 1 0 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Ahmad 12 2 1 5/8 0/1 2/4 2 25 1 1 1 0 2
J. Carter 11 7 4 3/6 1/3 4/7 3 32 4 0 1 2 5
N. Adrian 9 8 3 3/9 0/3 3/4 1 32 3 0 1 5 3
D. Miles Jr. 9 1 0 3/5 1/2 2/2 4 18 3 0 0 1 0
B. Watkins 8 5 0 3/6 0/0 2/5 3 19 0 3 1 0 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Phillip 16 1 2 7/11 2/4 0/1 2 19 2 0 2 0 1
T. Myers 13 1 2 4/8 0/1 5/5 2 14 1 0 0 1 0
S. Konate 6 2 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 2 8 0 4 0 1 1
E. Macon 3 4 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 3 11 0 0 2 0 4
J. Bolden 2 0 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
L. West 2 0 1 0/2 0/2 2/2 1 8 0 0 0 0 0
M. Bender 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
J. Long 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 4 1 0 0 0 1
L. Routt 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
C. Harler 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
Total 92 33 13 32/62 4/17 24/36 24 200 17 8 8 10 23