West Virginia gets win against Marshall in blow out - Recap, Box score

Pauline Gross
March 21, 2018

A key second scorer for West Virginia was Lamont West. You have to understand how hard he works to appreciate Jevon Carter.

When the leaders at Marshall University and West Virginia University elected to put an end to the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic following the Mountaineers' 86-68 victory on December 17, 2015, little did fans of the Mountain State's two Division I basketball programs know that the 45th showdown between the two instate rivals would take place more than 2,350 miles from the Charleston Civic Center.

West Virginia has just three players from the state on its roster and of those only Logan Routt saw playing time in the first-round win over Murray State.

His huge scoring night, combined with five assists and five steals, made Carter the first player in the NCAA tournament with a 28/5/5 stat line since Georgetown's Allen Iverson.

Now, a new challenge awaits in the Sweet 16 as the Mountaineers will face No. 1 seed Villanova on Friday, who scores the most points in the country with 86.9 per game.

"We ran into a very good West Virginia team", D'Antoni said. We don't just want to go to the Sweet 16.

Aside from his scoring, Carter was the leader of West Virginia's swarming defense that made the night miserable for the Herd.

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Marshall will look to advance to their first-ever Sweet Sixteen, where they would join fellow double-digit seed Loyola Chicago. The team shot 4-for-11 from beyond the arc and 17-for-24 in free throws. The 6-10 junior, from Bosnia, had 18 points, six assists and six rebounds.

But as West Virginia's national profile has increased, the Mountaineers no longer believed Marshall was worth their time.

West Virginia had more second-chance points with 14, compared to Marshall's 10. They'll take on rival West Virginia at 9:40 p.m. ET.

As a result of that, Marshall turns the ball over at an alarming rate. Despite a three-point deficit at the half, Marshall came back strong in the second half and ended up with a 6-point victory that came down to the final minute of the game. West Virginia applies relentless defensive pressure and led the Big 12 in steals per game (8.1) and turnover margin (plus-5.5).

But it wasn't just him. "We played team defense on him, and I think we did a good job". Carter had 17 points in the second half. They were able to trap and get us going to places we didn't want to go. We couldn't play as fast. You've got to treat us like one. We're better when we get a lot more possessions than the option. And then West Virginia, which has won the past five meetings and 9 of the past 10, pulled out of the annual series. Nobody lost this game.

Points in the paint were controlled by West Virginia, with 38 points, compared to Marshall's 16. "That's what life is about", he said.

Marshall shot 39 percent from the floor, 46 percent from 3-point range and 71 percent from the line. Villanova's last NCAA tournament trip to Boston went pretty well. They're 19-7 against the spread in their last 26 games overall, are 4-1 against the number in their last five non-conference games, and are 4-0 at the betting window in their last four neutral site games.

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