MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Jevon Carter scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds and No. 19 West Virginia used an early second-half run to beat NJIT 102-69 on Thursday night.
Carter had his five steals that made him WVU’s all-time leader with 255, passing Greg Jones’ record set in 1983.
West Virginia (7-1) started the game sluggish, allowing NJIT to lead throughout the first 10 minutes of the game.
The Mountaineers then outscored NJIT (4-3) 31-14 to close out the first half and opened the second half with a 15-2 run to cruise to victory.
Teddy Allen added a career-high 16 points for the Mountaineers while Lamont West scored 13, James Bolden 12 and Wesley Harris 11.
Anthony Tarke led the Highlanders with 13 points and Diandre Wilson added 12.
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.
NJIT will host 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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