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Energized WVU lambastes UCF, 83-45

Created on:   Fri, Nov 24, 2017   11:51 PM

Last modified:   Fri, Nov 24, 2017   11:51 PM

Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — WVU coach Bob Huggins called out his team after the opening round of the Advocare Invitational.

It definitely sunk in.

James “Beetle” Bolden scored 17 points, Jevon Carter had 16 and No. 23 WVU quickly responded after surviving an upset scare one day earlier by routing Central Florida, 83-45, on Nov. 24 in a semifinal at the Advocare Invitational.

“We played with more energy today,” Huggins said. “We weren’t ready to play yesterday.”

The Mountaineers (5-1) used stellar defense to take a 43-20 lead at halftime. WVU held UCF to
19 percent shooting (4 for 21) and scored 17 points off the Knights’ 17 turnovers.

Bolden scored 12 points and Carter 11 during the opening 20 minutes.

Seven-foot-6 center Tacko Fall had 11 points and eight rebounds for Central Florida (4-1).

“It was a tough night. You give West Virginia a lot of credit,” UCF coach Johnny Dawkins said. “I think they played a really great game.”

WVU also found its shooting touch as the first half progressed, finishing at 41 percent (16 for 39) after converting just 17 percent over the opening six minutes.

The Mountaineers struggled in the Nov. 23 opening round before putting winless Marist away, 84-78.

Central Florida could get no closer than 19 points in the second half.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

WVU could improve its standing in the AP Poll by winning the invitational championship Nov. 26. A loss may knock the Mountaineers out of the Top-25.

BIG PICTURE

Central Florida: Had just 17 turnovers overall in Thursday’s 68-59 win over Nebraska. The Knights had 27 Nov. 24. “We turned the ball over way too much and that really led to them get easy opportunities,” Dawkins said.

WVU: Huggins watched his team struggle with foul issues, again. After committing 25 Nov. 23, the Mountaineers followed up with 27 Nov. 24.

MVP?

Carter has put himself in position to become the invitational’s Most Valuable Player. The senior guard is averaging 18 points, 4.5 assists and 35 minutes through two games. “He does more things than anyone else in the country,” Huggins said. “He got his hands on so many balls and he’s good on the ball and he handles the ball for us and distributes and he’s our captain.”

FOUL SHOOTING

Fall, who entered 4 for 5 from the free-throw line, went 3 for 10.

UP NEXT

Central Florida: Plays St. John’s in the Nov. 26 third-place game.

WVU: Missouri will be the opponent in the Nov. 26 championship game.