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(23) Mountaineers men hold off Marist, 84-78

Created on:   Thu, Nov 23, 2017   11:29 PM

Last modified:   Thu, Nov 23, 2017   11:28 PM

Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jevon Carter had 20 points, Sagaba Konate added 14, and No. 23 WVU survived an upset bid by winless Marist, beating the Red Foxes, 84-78, in the opening round Nov. 23 night at the Advocare Invitational.

Carter hit a key trey that put WVU ahead, 70-67, with 5 1/2 minutes left. Marist had pulled even on Brian Parker’s basket.

The Mountaineers (4-1), who shot 32 percent over the game’s first 28 minutes, finished at 35 percent.

Marist (0-4) got 19 points from David Knudsen and 14 more by Parker.

Knudsen hit a pair of 3s that got Marist to 65-62 with seven minutes to play.

WVU, winner of four in a row after a season-opening 88-65 loss, to Texas A&M, in Germany, did have success in the turnover battle by turning 24 Marist miscues into 26 points. Marist got 11 points off 11 WVU turnovers.

The Mountaineers shot just 33 percent (13 of 39), including 15 percent (3 for 20) from 3-point range in a sluggish first half that saw WVU take a 39-26 lead.

WVU went 8 for 38 (21 percent) from behind the arc overall.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

WVU will likely need to win the invitational to stay in the top 25 and the championship could help the Mountaineers move up slightly in the rankings.

BIG PICTURE

WVU: Over the last 15 years is 137-33 against non-conference opponents. The Mountaineers beat Marist, 87-44, in the only previous meeting between the teams, in 2012.

Marist: The other losses this season came against Lehigh (84-76, OT), UMass-Lowell (76-73) and Army (94-73).

UP NEXT

WVU has a semifinal match-up tonight with Central Florida. Marist faces Nebraska in a consolation game tonight.