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Carter dishes record assists in tough loss

Created on:   Sat, Mar 3, 2018   8:35 PM

Last modified:   Sat, Mar 3, 2018   8:35 PM

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AUSTIN, Texas – When WVU men’s basketball fans talk about the best, most unselfish guards in program history, Jevon Carter’s name will be near the top of the conversation.

That was of little solace to the 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior after he played his final regular season game – an 87-79 overtime loss at Texas, on March 3.

Carter was 5-of-11 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and he sent Saturday’s regular season finale into overtime with a layup with just 1.6 seconds remaining for the No. 20 Mountaineers.

“My teammates did a good job of putting me in position to score on an easy layup,” said Carter, who also scored the first basket in overtime, before the Longhorns scored nine unanswered points for an 81-74 lead.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well, and we didn’t close in on (the Longhorn players),” Carter said.

The most significant part — at least in terms of the WVU record books — of Carter’s stat line was his six assists.

The Maywood, Ill. native needed three assists to set a new single-season WVU record — Ron “Fritz” Williams previously held the mark, of 197 — and five to become the first Mountaineer to have 200 assists in a season. He’ll have 201 entering the postseason.

Carter, who became the first player in program history to have more than 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in his career, was quick to dismiss the feat after the frustrating loss.

“The record means nothing,” Carter said. “I just want to win.”

WVU head coach Bob Huggins was proud of Carter for not being concerned with an individual accolade, even one that is the definition of unselfishness, as the team prepares for the Big 12 tournament this week, in Kansas City.

“I am proud as hell of him for not caring about that,” Huggins said. “He’s a guy who lines up and just wants to win.”