West Virginia bests UVA in top 25 showdown

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The No. 18 West Virginia Mountaineers topped the No. 15 UVA Cavaliers in an intrastate, top-25 college basketball showdown on Tuesday evening. Playing on the Mountaineers’ home court at WVU Stadium in Morgantown, the higher-ranked Cavaliers were beaten by a final score of 68-61. The 68 points allowed represents a season high for Virginia.

For the Mountaineers, guard Jevon Carter and forward Lamont West did the bulk of the scoring. Carter shot 6-for-12 from the field and 9-for-10 from the free-throw line, finishing with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. West added 22 points on 7-for-13 shooting, including 4-for-9 on 3-pointers. Overall, West Virginia shot 10-for-25 (40 percent) from beyond the arc.

On the other side of the court, the Cavaliers struggled to get into an offensive rhythm all night. Leading scorer Kyle Guy shot 6-for-17, with all of his made field goals being 3-pointers. Guy and guard Devon Hall combined for 37 of the team’s 61 points, while the rest of the team combined for just 24 points on 6-for-17 shooting.

The game was still close with under five minutes remaining, after a 3 by Guy tied the score at 56-56. West responded with a jumper of his own less than a minute later, giving the Mountaineers a lead that they would never relinquish. Carter went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line in just the final 30 seconds of the game, putting it away for West Virginia.

The loss was the first of the season for UVA (8-1), which came into the matchup having won its first eight games of the year. The Mountaineers also move to 8-1 with their win.

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