MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Jevon Carter’s big game was no mystery to his coach.
Carter scored 21 points and No. 14 West Virginia reached triple digits for the third time in nine games this season, rebounding from its first loss with a 100-58 victory Sunday over Louisiana-Monroe.
Daxter Miles Jr. added 18 points for the Mountaineers (8-1), who set a season high with 15 3-pointers following a 70-54 loss to No. 10 Virginia on Tuesday night at the Jimmy V Classic in New York.
West Virginia used a flurry of 3s to open a 31-11 lead in the first half and was never threatened. The Mountaineers went 15 for 36 from long range and held Louisiana-Monroe to 1 for 8. Carter, Miles and Jaysean Paige each hit four 3s.
”You don’t have to worry about my confidence. You have to worry about (Carter),” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. ”He made some shots today, but he also spent a lot of time in the gym. There is a direct correlation between putting the time in and working in the right fashion. He has been successful with doing those things. He has spent a ton of time in the gym.”
Devin Williams had 12 points and 10 rebounds for West Virginia. Paige scored 14, and Tarik Phillip added 10.
Jamaal Samuel scored the first 15 points for the Warhawks (4-5) and finished with 19. He made seven of his team’s 10 field goals in the first half.
”Jamaal having a good game was a positive that came out of this game,” ULM coach Keith Richard said.
Travis Munnings added 12 points for Louisiana-Monroe, which was outrebounded 48-27.
West Virginia forced 21 turnovers. The Mountaineers entered leading the nation in steals, 3-point percentage defense and forced turnovers.
”I think we had three great practices this week, and I think it showed a little bit out on the court today,” Williams said.
Huggins is fourth among active Division I coaches with 773 wins. He needs six to tie Lou Henson for 12th place on the career list.
”Coach Huggins is in my book one of the top coaches in the country,” Richard said. ”They’re very good. We were hoping we could get around the turnovers and offensive rebounding and we couldn’t do it.”
The Warhawks finished 24-13 last season. But their best player, 6-foot-10 Majok Deng, missed another game with a lingering leg injury. … The Warhawks have lost to Minnesota, Houston, Kent State and Penn State on the road.
West Virginia plays Marshall on Thursday in Charleston, the state capital.
Louisiana-Monroe hosts Central Baptist on Friday.