WVU Ham-And-Eggs It Past Oklahoma

No. 6 Mountaineers Used Balance Scoring Effort To Push Past Seventh-Ranked Oklahoma


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia hammed it up – leaving egg all over Oklahoma’s face.

With Jevon Carter on the bench for 10 minutes in the midst of the second half, the Mountaineers turned to a total team performance on offense in getting scoring from five different players during the key stretch to extend a two-point lead to 76-68 with 3:43 left sans its best player.

It shocked the Sooners, who saw Carter’s exit at the 13:30 mark as a chance to build upon already surging momentum. Down 44-36 at the half, OU clawed back in via a 17-7 push over the first six minutes of the second half. The last off those points came via freshman sensation Trae Young, who drew the fourth foul on Carter while hitting the resulting free throws. But just when it seemed OU was ready to seize the Top 10 showdown, Press Virginia showcased its depth and used timely buckets by Teddy Allen and Sags Konate to outscore Oklahoma 25-15 with Carter out of the game.

West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate (50) rejects the dunk attempt of Khadeem Lattin (3)

“The other guys that we are bringing in are getting better,” said head coach Bob Huggins, who won his 15th game over a top 10 foe while at West Virginia. “As long as we can keep hamming and egging it. I think I said this last time, but it’s like a golf scramble. Everyone doesn’t have to hit a good shot, just somebody. That’s kind of what has happened to us. Someone always steps up and makes plays.

“We’ve kind of played that way all year, really, if you think about it. It hasn’t been all JC. I mean certainly what he does on the defensive end is special, but it hasn’t been all him. Dax (Miles) has had his moments. Teddy has had moments. Beetle (Bolden) has had moments.”

The foursome, Konate included, indeed had their moments again. With Carter on the bench and WVU trailing 53-51, Konate hit a pair of jumpers just inside the foul line before Allen and West also connected from outside the paint to nurse along a 59-55 edge inside 12 minutes. After Miles sank a driving lay-in, Allen, Konate and West repeated the feat, each accounting for two of West Virginia’s next six points. The scoring balance meant Oklahoma wasn’t able to easily double, and that segued into even better looks.

The pattern continued until Carter reentered with 3:48 left. From the time of his fourth foul to that point, Konate scored 10 points, while Allen and West had six each. Miles and Wes Harris combined for the other three points, meaning five players combined for 25 points over a 10-minute stretch that helped the Mountaineers (14-1, 3-0) win a 14th straight game – the longest streak in 29 seasons.

“I told them whenever it was, two days ago, three days ago, that you’re going to have open jump shots,” Huggins said. “Then, the light went off and, ‘Man, I better get in there and practice because I’m actually going to get to shoot it now.’ (Konate) is getting better and better. The game has slowed down for him a bit. I told them, if they back off, you have to shoot it. You have to shoot it. Sags made shots.

“Teddy made some big plays. I thought when he rebounded it, dribbled it the length of the floor and shot a layup, I thought that was huge for us because we were going the wrong direction at that point in time.”

When Carter came back in, West Virginia continued to attack. After Carter and Miles hit lay-ups, WVU hit five free throws over the final 70 seconds to help seal the win. The final basket came on an outlet pass from Carter to Miles which resulted in dunk for the final margin. The Mountaineers have now hit 58 of 69 free throws (84.1 percent) over three Big 12 games, and finished with four players in double figures, led by Allen’s 20. West and Carter had 17 points while Konate tallied a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

“He’s good,” Huggins said of Carter. “He’s good, and he makes plays that other people can’t make. I think he gets fouls called that aren’t fouls because they’ve never seen anyone make plays the way he makes those plays. He reaches in there and snatches the ball away from them, or knocks it out of their hand. And I’m sure he’s hard to officiate; he’s as good of an on-ball defender as I’ve ever had.”

 

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    No. 6 Mountaineers Used Balance Scoring Effort To Push Past Seventh-Ranked Oklahoma MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia hammed it up – leaving egg all o
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    #44551

    Thank you. That was excellent.

    #44574

    Think I’ll have ham and eggs for breakfast to celebrate! Just a great game. Carter and then Miles got into Young’s head last night. He is a great talent, but he got schooled in that game. The big dogs showed the little pup something he hadn’t seen yet.

    #44629

    At about the 4 min mark Huggs goes after the ESPiN bobbleheads when he talked about JC being one of the best PG’s in the country. Classic Huggs.

    #44630

    At about the 4 min mark Huggs goes after the ESPiN bobbleheads when he talked about JC being one of the best PG’s in the country. Classic Huggs.

    Think I’ll have ham and eggs for breakfast to celebrate! Just a great game. Carter and then Miles got into Young’s head last night. He is a great talent, but he got schooled in that game. The big dogs showed the little pup something he hadn’t seen yet.

    Junk Yard dogs vs the pretty poodle. Dogs take the bone.

    #44635

    Those minutes without Carter in the floor could prove to be huge for this team going forward. They learned they can score and defend without JC. The offensive sets were a thing of beauty during that stretch when you consider how pathetic we have looked without JC in earlier games.

    Sags played one heck of a game and his protecting of the rim was simply incredible. Aside from the blocks there were a number of times when an OU guy had beaten their man, turned the corner, saw Sags and either turned around or passed the ball back out. He is a force.

    Really thought Bender played well in both ends as well. Stats won’t show it but he gave some truly quality minutes last night which bodes very well for our future.

    Teddy Allen, what can you say? Kid doesn’t look all that impressive doing anything but my goodness I don’t really recall a guy who had that kind of ability to simply score the ball. Huggs and his guys have found some amazing players that few others wanted and TBA is the latest.

    Cannot wait to see Esa thrown into this mix.

    Next few months are going to be a lot of fun.

    #44637

    Great points here about Carter on the bench, I am very excited about this team moving forward.

    #44649

    I wasn’t sure how good this Mountaineer team would be at the beginning of the season, but the one thing I was sure of is that it could win without Jevon Carter on the floor and playing at an extremely high level every game. Once again I was wrong. Carter didn’t shoot very well in WVU’s first two Big 12 games, yet WVU still managed to come up with important victories at Oklahoma State and Kansas State. Then against No. 7 Oklahoma, Carter was again keying the Mountaineer offense. He picked up his fourth foul and had to go to the bench with 13:30 left in the second half and WVU trailing by two. Instead of falling apart without its senior leader, though, WVU battled back and forged an 11-point lead with Carter on the bench. By the time J.C. came back into the game with just under four minutes to go, West Virginia all but had the game sealed. I never thought that would be possible. Glad once again I’ve been proven wrong.

    #44725

    Beetle is growing up before our eyes. Konate getting a little offensive to go with intimidating defense. Miles able to distribute and not just be a scorer on offensive end. Nearly a point a minute from Teddy, and a little d from him starting to emerge. Bender able to adequately sub in and give Konate a few minutes rest. West adding a touch of slashing and driving to his outside game. This team still has some flaws, but not near as many as when the season started.

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