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Carter leads No. 19 WVU to 102-69 win over NJIT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Following a career-high 29 points in a 16-point comeback against Missouri on Sunday, Jevon Carter was in for another special night.

Carter scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds and became West Virginia's all-time steals leader in a the 19th-ranked Mountaineers' 102-69 victory over NJIT on Thursday night.

''Jevon is fun to watch,'' West Virginia forward Teddy Allen said. ''Even as his teammate, seeing him practice every day, he works at it, man. To see him be successful and reach his goals is cool.''

Carter had five steals against NJIT, making him WVU's all-time leader with 255, passing Greg Jones' record set in 1983.

''It doesn't mean much now,'' Carter said. ''I'm sure it will mean a lot once I'm done but right now I'm just focused on game to game and moving on to the next one.''

West Virginia (7-1) started the game sluggish, allowing NJIT to lead throughout the first 10 minutes of the game.

''We can't give up 34 points in the paint to those people,'' WVU coach Bob Huggins said. '' We just can't turn people loose the way we turned people loose today. I don't mean they're not good. They're going to win their league I think. We just can't turn people loose in the middle who can finish at the rim or pass it to the wings who are open outside.''

The Mountaineers then outscored NJIT (4-3) 31-14 to close out the first half and opened the second half with a 15-2 scoring run to cruise to victory.

Allen added a career-high 16 points for the Mountaineers while Lamont West scored 13 points, James Bolden added 12 and Wesley Harris had 11.

Anthony Tarke led the Highlanders with 13 points and Diandre Wilson added 12.

''Any time that you play a Bob Huggins-coached team, it's going to be a well-coached dog fight out there and I just wanted my guys to keep their composure as much as they could,'' NJIT coach Brian Kennedy said.

BIG PICTURE

With the loss to West Virginia, the Highlanders have lost all three of their road games (the others being Wagner and then-No. 22 Seton Hall). This could prove to be a bigger issue for NJIT in conference play with trips to the states of Georgia and Tennessee along with multiple trips to Florida.

In three of their four home games against low-major teams, the Mountaineers have started off sluggish offensively. This could seriously plague West Virginia with upcoming games against No. 18 Virginia and archrival Pitt.

ALL-AMERICAN KID

Kennedy had nothing but nice thigs to say about WVU's leading man Carter.

''What a great player,'' Kennedy said. ''All-American kid. He stepped up really big for them and made some shots. (I) used him as an example to my team out there. We came out for our shootaround and he was on the court dripping wet (with sweat), and they had their shootaround after us.''

COZY COLISEUM CONFINES

With Thursday's win the Mountaineers extend their home non-conference winning streak to 20 games. The last time West Virginia lost a non-conference game at the Coliseum was on Dec. 4, 2014, to LSU 74-73.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

With the win over NJIT and no additional games before the new AP Top 25 comes out on Monday, the Mountaineers are unlikely to rise very far despite losses by No. 16 Baylor and No. 17 Louisville.

UP NEXT

NJIT hosts UMass Lowell on Sunday.

West Virginia will host No. 18 Virginia in Morgantown for the first time since 1985 on Tuesday.

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Key Players
A. Lewis
J. Carter
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
18.5 Pts. Per Game 18.5
5.5 Ast. Per Game 5.5
4.0 Reb. Per Game 4.0
43.9 Field Goal % 43.1
12.5 Three Point % 40.0
61.9 Free Throw % 90.9
  Offensive rebound by James Bolden 5.0
  James Bolden missed 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
+ 2 San Antonio Brinson made dunk 36.0
  Defensive rebound by Abdul Lewis 42.0
  Chase Harler missed 3-pt. jump shot 44.0
  Defensive rebound by Maciej Bender 1:04
  Abdul Lewis missed layup 1:06
+ 2 Chase Harler made layup, assist by James Bolden 1:15
+ 2 Mohamed Bendary made jump shot 1:45
  Defensive rebound by Shawndale Jones 2:05
  D'Angelo Hunter missed jump shot 2:07
Team Stats
Points 69 102
Field Goals 23-57 (40.4%) 35-71 (49.3%)
3-Pointers 6-17 (35.3%) 14-34 (41.2%)
Free Throws 17-23 (73.9%) 18-24 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 34 42
Offensive 8 13
Defensive 25 28
Team 1 1
Assists 8 17
Steals 7 9
Blocks 2 8
Turnovers 18 12
Fouls 23 23
Technicals 1 0
13 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
25 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo New Jersey Tech 4-3 333669
home team logo 19 West Virginia 7-1 4953102
Team Stats
away team logo New Jersey Tech 4-3 70.6 PPG 36.1 RPG 10.7 APG
home team logo 19 West Virginia 7-1 73.8 PPG 43.4 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
00
A. Tarke G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
00
J. Carter G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
A. Tarke G/F 13 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
J. Carter G 25 PTS 9 REB 6 AST
40.4 FG% 49.3
35.3 3PT FG% 41.2
73.9 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Tarke 13 6 1 6/15 1/4 0/1 3 25 1 0 3 2 4
D. Wilson 12 3 1 4/7 1/2 3/4 0 26 1 0 1 0 3
A. Lewis 7 7 1 2/5 1/3 2/2 4 29 0 1 6 0 7
S. Gibbs 7 3 1 2/4 1/1 2/2 3 19 2 0 0 0 3
R. Walsh 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 3 17 0 0 3 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Tarke 13 6 1 6/15 1/4 0/1 3 25 1 0 3 2 4
D. Wilson 12 3 1 4/7 1/2 3/4 0 26 1 0 1 0 3
A. Lewis 7 7 1 2/5 1/3 2/2 4 29 0 1 6 0 7
S. Gibbs 7 3 1 2/4 1/1 2/2 3 19 2 0 0 0 3
R. Walsh 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 3 17 0 0 3 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Jones 9 3 1 2/8 1/2 4/4 0 15 1 0 0 2 1
D. Kachelries 6 1 0 3/6 0/2 0/0 2 8 1 0 0 1 0
S. Brinson 5 5 0 2/7 0/0 1/2 2 14 0 0 2 2 3
Z. Cooks 4 1 2 0/2 0/2 4/4 0 20 1 0 3 0 1
C. Jenkins 3 0 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 13 0 0 0 0 0
M. Bendary 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/2 4 14 0 1 0 1 2
T. Price - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Greer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 33 8 23/57 6/17 17/23 23 200 7 2 18 8 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Carter 25 9 6 7/14 5/11 6/6 3 30 5 0 4 1 8
L. West 13 2 1 5/10 2/6 1/1 0 20 1 1 0 0 2
W. Harris 11 4 2 2/5 1/2 6/7 1 22 0 0 1 3 1
D. Miles Jr. 8 4 2 4/9 0/3 0/0 4 26 0 0 0 2 2
S. Konate 5 5 0 2/6 0/0 1/2 2 15 1 5 1 0 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Carter 25 9 6 7/14 5/11 6/6 3 30 5 0 4 1 8
L. West 13 2 1 5/10 2/6 1/1 0 20 1 1 0 0 2
W. Harris 11 4 2 2/5 1/2 6/7 1 22 0 0 1 3 1
D. Miles Jr. 8 4 2 4/9 0/3 0/0 4 26 0 0 0 2 2
S. Konate 5 5 0 2/6 0/0 1/2 2 15 1 5 1 0 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Allen 16 8 1 6/9 0/1 4/8 0 17 0 0 1 4 4
J. Bolden 12 3 4 4/6 4/6 0/0 3 19 1 0 1 1 2
C. Harler 8 2 0 3/5 2/4 0/0 4 22 1 0 1 1 1
L. Routt 2 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 11 0 2 1 0 1
D. Hunter 2 1 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 1 0
M. Bender 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 10 0 0 2 0 2
E. Ahmad - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knapper - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 102 41 17 35/71 14/34 18/24 23 200 9 8 12 13 28