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Carter, West lead No. 18 WVU over No. 15 Virginia 68-61

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West " data-canon="West Virginia Mountaineers" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" data-league-abbreviation="NCAAB" data-team-abbreviation="WVU">West Virginia's Jevon Carter is doing so much more nowadays than just being a key to Bob Huggins' smothering defense.

Carter had 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead No. 18 West Virginia to a 68-61 victory over No. 15 Virginia 68-61 on Tuesday night, sending the Cavaliers to their first loss.

''What he did was pretty darn good,'' Virginia coach Tony Bennett said of Carter. ''He's physical. He's tough.''

Carter is the returning Big 12 defensive player of the year who leads the nation in steals at 4.5 per game. He broke the school's career steals record in a win over NJIT last week.

The senior has picked up his offense considerably, too, surpassing 20 points in five games this season.

Carter said his confidence level in his shot is at an ''all-time high. I feel like every shot I shoot is going to go in, no matter the situation, the game, the time we score.''

As expected, Carter and Virginia's Kyle Guy put on a scoring show. It just didn't happen right away.

Shadowed by De'Andre Hunter, Carter went scoreless over the first 12 minutes of the game.

Guy missed his first six shots and went scoreless in the first half, then hit six 3-pointers after halftime as Virginia overcame an eight-point deficit.

''He got some pretty good looks in the first half. Maybe a couple were a little rushed,'' Bennett said. ''But then he got some real clean looks in the second half and I thought the guys did a good job of finding him.''

But Guy missed both shot attempts over the final 4 minutes, finishing with 18 points.

West Virginia's Lamont West, who tied a season high with 22 points, hit a baseline jumper and a 3-pointer 1:18 apart to break a 56-all tie and put the Mountaineers ahead to stay. After Ty Jerome sank a 3-pointer to trim Virginia's deficit to 61-59 with 2:33 left, Carter made five free throws and West made two to seal the win.

West Virginia, which went 16 of 18 from the line, has won eight straight.

For the second straight year, the Mountaineers made it difficult for Virginia to get into a consistent offensive rhythm.

''We just wanted to play our pace,'' West said. ''We didn't want to play their pace. They play a slower pace and we wanted to speed the game up. We just wanted to focus on defense.''

Daxter Miles Jr. added 12 points for the Mountaineers (8-1). Devon Hall led Virginia (8-1) with 19 points.

The 68 points were the most allowed by Virginia this season.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers came up just short in their first true road game outside the state of Virginia and their first game against a ranked opponent this season. It marked Virginia's first trip to Morgantown since the 1985 National Invitation Tournament.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers found a way to win despite scoring just eight points in the paint, their fewest in that area this season. It's something that could continue to be an issue until forward Esa Ahmad returns from an academic suspension in January.

COUGHING IT UP

Virginia entered the game tied for fifth in the nation with the fewest turnovers committed at 8.9 per game. The Cavaliers had a season-high 14 Tuesday.

NOT MUSKET READY

Bennett had an idea it would be tough to play in Morgantown, but he wasn't prepared for the Mountaineers' buckskin-wearing mascot, who fires a musket before every game.

''I wasn't quite ready for the gunshot,'' Bennett said. ''They surprised me on that one. They said it'd be after the starting lineups, and I was talking to the guys and boom there it goes. It's loud.''

UP NEXT:

Virginia: Hosts Davidson on Dec. 16, part of a four-game home stand to end the month.

West Virginia: Plays at Pittsburgh on Saturday night, the first Backyard Brawl between the former Big East rivals since 2012.

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Key Players
I. Wilkins
J. Carter
33.4 Min. Per Game 33.4
19.4 Pts. Per Game 19.4
5.6 Ast. Per Game 5.6
4.7 Reb. Per Game 4.7
61.4 Field Goal % 43.9
33.3 Three Point % 40.8
76.2 Free Throw % 90.7
  Bad pass turnover on Nigel Johnson, stolen by Daxter Miles Jr. 6.0
+ 1 Jevon Carter made 2nd of 2 free throws 13.0
+ 1 Jevon Carter made 1st of 2 free throws 13.0
  Personal foul on Devon Hall 13.0
+ 2 Devon Hall made jump shot 14.0
+ 1 Jevon Carter made 2nd of 2 free throws 26.0
  Jevon Carter missed 1st of 2 free throws 26.0
  Personal foul on Kyle Guy 26.0
  Defensive rebound by Jevon Carter 28.0
  Devon Hall missed 3-pt. jump shot 30.0
+ 1 Jevon Carter made 2nd of 2 free throws 43.0
Team Stats
Points 61 68
Field Goals 19-46 (41.3%) 21-50 (42.0%)
3-Pointers 9-23 (39.1%) 10-25 (40.0%)
Free Throws 14-19 (73.7%) 16-18 (88.9%)
Total Rebounds 27 32
Offensive 5 6
Defensive 18 24
Team 4 2
Assists 11 12
Steals 5 6
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 12 10
Fouls 17 20
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST
23 PTS, 10 REB, 7 AST
12T
away team logo 15 Virginia 8-1 263561
home team logo 18 West Virginia 8-1 293968
Team Stats
away team logo 15 Virginia 8-1 71.4 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo 18 West Virginia 8-1 73.8 PPG 43.4 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
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D. Hall G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
J. Carter G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Hall G 19 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
J. Carter G 23 PTS 10 REB 7 AST
41.3 FG% 42.0
39.1 3PT FG% 40.0
73.7 FT% 88.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Hall 19 4 6 7/12 2/5 3/4 3 36 1 0 1 0 4
K. Guy 18 3 0 6/17 6/14 0/0 4 34 0 0 2 0 3
T. Jerome 9 1 3 3/4 1/1 2/2 4 21 1 0 4 0 1
I. Wilkins 2 5 2 0/2 0/1 2/3 1 29 0 2 0 2 3
J. Salt 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 2 14 0 0 3 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Hall 19 4 6 7/12 2/5 3/4 3 36 1 0 1 0 4
K. Guy 18 3 0 6/17 6/14 0/0 4 34 0 0 2 0 3
T. Jerome 9 1 3 3/4 1/1 2/2 4 21 1 0 4 0 1
I. Wilkins 2 5 2 0/2 0/1 2/3 1 29 0 2 0 2 3
J. Salt 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 2 14 0 0 3 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Diakite 9 5 0 3/5 0/0 3/3 1 29 2 2 0 2 3
D. Hunter 3 2 0 0/2 0/1 3/4 2 14 0 0 1 1 1
N. Johnson 1 1 0 0/4 0/1 1/2 0 23 1 0 1 0 1
J. Bartley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Huff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gross Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Anthony - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Badocchi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Katstra - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 23 11 19/46 9/23 14/19 17 200 5 4 12 5 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Carter 23 10 7 6/12 2/4 9/10 2 40 2 0 3 1 9
L. West 22 4 0 7/13 4/9 4/4 2 32 0 0 0 2 2
D. Miles Jr. 12 2 4 4/13 1/6 3/4 3 32 2 0 1 1 1
W. Harris 5 3 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 3 34 1 1 1 1 2
S. Konate 0 8 1 0/4 0/0 0/0 2 34 0 2 2 1 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Carter 23 10 7 6/12 2/4 9/10 2 40 2 0 3 1 9
L. West 22 4 0 7/13 4/9 4/4 2 32 0 0 0 2 2
D. Miles Jr. 12 2 4 4/13 1/6 3/4 3 32 2 0 1 1 1
W. Harris 5 3 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 3 34 1 1 1 1 2
S. Konate 0 8 1 0/4 0/0 0/0 2 34 0 2 2 1 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bolden 6 1 0 2/3 2/3 0/0 4 11 1 0 1 0 1
M. Bender 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
C. Harler 0 1 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 1
T. Allen 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 3 0 0 2 0 1
E. Ahmad - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Routt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knapper - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 30 12 21/50 10/25 16/18 20 200 6 3 10 6 24