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No. 23 West Virginia dominates 1st half, routs UCF 83-45

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) West Virginia coach Bob Huggins called out his team after the opening round of the Advocare Invitational.

It definitely sunk in.

James Bolden scored 17 points, Jevon Carter had 16 and No. 23 West Virginia quickly responded after surviving an upset scare one day earlier by routing Central Florida 83-45 on Friday night in a semifinal at the Advocare Invitational.

''We played with more energy today,'' Huggins said. ''We weren't ready to play yesterday.''

The Mountaineers (5-1) used stellar defense to take a 43-20 lead at halftime. West Virginia held UCF to 19 percent shooting (4 for 21) and scored 17 points off the Knights' 17 turnovers.

Bolden had 12 points and Carter 11 during the opening 20 minutes.

Seven-foot-6 center Tacko Fall had 11 points and eight rebounds for Central Florida (4-1).

''It was a tough night. You give West Virginia a lot of credit,'' UCF coach Johnny Dawkins said. ''I think they played a really great game.''

West Virginia also found its shooting touch as the first half progressed, finishing at 41 percent (16 for 39) after converting just 17 percent over the opening 6 minutes.

The Mountaineers struggled in Thursday's opening round before putting winless Marist away 84-78.

Central Florida could get no closer than 19 points in the second half.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

West Virginia could improve its standing in the AP Poll by winning the invitational championship Sunday night. A loss may knock the Mountaineers out of the Top-25.

BIG PICTURE

Central Florida: Had just 17 turnovers overall in Thursday's 68-59 win over Nebraska. The Knights finished with 27 Friday. ''''We turned the ball over way too much and that really led to them get easy opportunities,'' Dawkins said.

West Virginia: Huggins watched his team have foul issues, again. After committing 25 Thursday, the Mountaineers followed up with 27 Friday.

MVP?

Carter has put himself in position to become the invitational's Most Valuable Player. The senior guard is averaging 18 points, 4.5 assists and 35 minutes through two games. ''He does more things than anyone else in the country,'' Huggins said. ''He got his hands on so many balls and he's good on the ball and he handles the ball for us and distributes and he's our captain.''

FOUL SHOOTING

Fall, who entered 4 for 5 from the free-throw line, went 3 for 10.

UP NEXT

Central Florida: Plays St. John's in Sunday's third-place game.

West Virginia: Missouri will be the opponent in Sunday's championship game.

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Key Players
A. Davis
J. Carter
34.8 Min. Per Game 34.8
16.5 Pts. Per Game 16.5
6.3 Ast. Per Game 6.3
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
41.2 Field Goal % 41.4
0.0 Three Point % 32.0
66.7 Free Throw % 84.2
+ 3 Dayon Griffin made 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
+ 1 Daxter Miles Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 14.0
  Daxter Miles Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws 14.0
  Personal foul on Myles Douglas 14.0
  Defensive rebound by Daxter Miles Jr. 26.0
  Djordjije Mumin missed driving layup 28.0
+ 2 Daxter Miles Jr. made driving layup 51.0
  Bad pass turnover on Dayon Griffin, stolen by Daxter Miles Jr. 58.0
  Defensive rebound by Rokas Ulvydas 1:07
  D'Angelo Hunter missed jump shot, blocked by Rokas Ulvydas 1:09
+ 1 Dayon Griffin made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:16
Team Stats
Points 45 83
Field Goals 12-49 (24.5%) 32-70 (45.7%)
3-Pointers 1-12 (8.3%) 9-25 (36.0%)
Free Throws 20-34 (58.8%) 10-14 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 39 45
Offensive 11 14
Defensive 23 30
Team 5 1
Assists 4 14
Steals 6 14
Blocks 3 10
Turnovers 26 13
Fouls 16 27
Technicals 0 1
11 PTS, 8 REB
17 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo UCF 4-1 202545
home team logo 23 West Virginia 5-1 434083
Team Stats
away team logo UCF 4-1 72.3 PPG 40.9 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo 23 West Virginia 5-1 73.8 PPG 43.4 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
24
T. Fall C 11.1 PPG 7.6 RPG 0.5 APG 74.8 FG%
3
J. Bolden G 12.2 PPG 2.6 RPG 2.5 APG 40.9 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Fall C 11 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
J. Bolden G 17 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
24.5 FG% 45.7
8.3 3PT FG% 36.0
58.8 FT% 71.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Fall 11 8 0 4/7 0/0 3/10 0 20 0 1 1 3 5
A. Davis 7 10 1 2/6 0/0 3/5 2 29 1 0 6 5 5
C. McSpadden 4 3 0 1/7 0/3 2/2 2 23 1 0 6 1 2
C. DeJesus 4 0 0 1/8 0/0 2/2 1 25 0 0 2 0 0
T. Allen 2 2 3 0/4 0/2 2/2 3 32 2 0 3 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Fall 11 8 0 4/7 0/0 3/10 0 20 0 1 1 3 5
A. Davis 7 10 1 2/6 0/0 3/5 2 29 1 0 6 5 5
C. McSpadden 4 3 0 1/7 0/3 2/2 2 23 1 0 6 1 2
C. DeJesus 4 0 0 1/8 0/0 2/2 1 25 0 0 2 0 0
T. Allen 2 2 3 0/4 0/2 2/2 3 32 2 0 3 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Griffin 8 3 0 2/8 1/5 3/4 2 25 1 0 3 1 2
M. Douglas 5 2 0 2/5 0/2 1/4 2 14 0 0 4 0 2
C. Brown 2 1 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 2 10 1 1 1 0 1
R. Ulvydas 2 5 0 0/2 0/0 2/3 2 10 0 1 0 1 4
N. Laing 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
D. Mumin 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
A. Dawkins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Stephenson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Catotti - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Morse - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Lewis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 45 34 4 12/49 1/12 20/34 16 200 6 3 26 11 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Carter 16 3 5 7/17 2/4 0/0 3 31 5 1 3 1 2
D. Miles Jr. 14 4 4 6/10 0/2 2/4 3 28 4 0 1 0 4
S. Konate 14 9 1 5/9 0/0 4/5 3 21 1 6 0 3 6
L. West 8 5 0 3/9 2/6 0/0 3 28 0 0 2 3 2
W. Harris 5 6 1 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 21 0 0 3 1 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Carter 16 3 5 7/17 2/4 0/0 3 31 5 1 3 1 2
D. Miles Jr. 14 4 4 6/10 0/2 2/4 3 28 4 0 1 0 4
S. Konate 14 9 1 5/9 0/0 4/5 3 21 1 6 0 3 6
L. West 8 5 0 3/9 2/6 0/0 3 28 0 0 2 3 2
W. Harris 5 6 1 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 21 0 0 3 1 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bolden 17 4 2 6/10 4/8 1/1 2 25 4 0 0 1 3
M. Bender 4 5 0 1/4 0/1 2/2 2 14 0 0 1 3 2
L. Routt 2 3 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 5 0 2 1 2 1
T. Allen 2 4 0 1/5 0/2 0/0 3 11 0 0 2 0 4
D. Hunter 1 0 1 0/3 0/1 1/2 2 8 0 1 0 0 0
C. Harler 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 8 0 0 0 0 1
E. Ahmad - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knapper - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 83 44 14 32/70 9/25 10/14 27 200 14 10 13 14 30