WVU tops Marshall 86-68


John Raby - AP Sports Writer



Wes Wilson Photography The Marshall coaching staff, including Williamson native Mark Cline, is pictured above during the Capitol Classic game against West Virginia.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia pushed the tempo until it eventually wore down Marshall.

Jevon Carter scored 15 points and No. 20 West Virginia used its superior depth to beat the Thundering Herd 86-68 on Thursday night.

West Virginia (9-1) took control with a 16-1 run early in the second half to beat its intrastate rival for the fifth straight year and for the ninth time in 10 tries.

“We sped them up,” Carter said. “They started missing shots, started getting tired. They had people cramping. I just think they weren’t used to our style.

“We knew that when we got up, we had to put them away.”

Daxter Miles Jr. added 14 points, Elijah Macon had 12, and Tarik Phillip 11 for the Mountaineers.

Ryan Taylor led Marshall (3-7) with 15 points. Jon Elmore added 14, and James Kelly had 11.

Kelly, Marshall’s leading scorer, went to the bench with a left knee injury early in the second half. He returned six minutes later still limping.

The Thundering Herd went nearly eight minutes between baskets and the turnovers started to pile up.

West Virginia leads the country in offensive rebounds at 18 per game and got plenty of second chances against Marshall.

The Mountaineers made four baskets off of rebounds during the key run, including Nathan Adrian’s putback for a 53-39 lead with 10:50 left.

West Virginia’s lead grew to as many as 23 points down the stretch.

“We came out at halftime, we were supposed to throw it inside more than what we threw it inside the first half,” said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. “We finally made some shots and they didn’t.”

The Mountaineers’ Devin Williams was held to nine points, the first time this season he failed to reach double digits. He spent most of the game in foul trouble.

Although Macon made 2 of 6 free throws, the sophomore hit 5 of 8 field goals in Williams’ place.

“That’s probably as well as he’s played,” said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins.

Marshall, which has eight freshmen and sophomores in its lineup, had won three straight.

“These kids did all they could do,” Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni said. “There’s nothing to go home and pout about.”

Marshall made half of its 12 3-point tries over the first 13 minutes to jump ahead 26-21. But Marshall couldn’t sustain any production from its reserves, especially when Kelly and Taylor were out of the game in foul trouble. West Virginia held a 38-12 advantage in bench points.

West Virginia went on a 7-0 run late in the half and took a 35-32 lead at halftime.

Tip-ins:

West Virginia: West Virginia outrebounded Marshall 48-32, including 22 on the offensive end. … West Virginia shot 20 of 35 from the free-throw line. … The Mountaineers matched their 9-1 start of last season, when they finished 25-10.

Marshall: Taylor became the 50th Thundering Herd player to surpass 1,000 points. .. Marshall missed its last 15 3-point attempts.

Good in Charleston

Carter, a sophomore, has averaged 17 points in five career games at the Charleston Civic Center.

Up next:

West Virginia: Home against Eastern Kentucky on Monday.

Marshall: Plays Wyoming in Las Vegas on Monday.

Rt reaches 1k

At the 7:32 mark in the second half, Ryan Taylor hit two free throws to record his 1,000th career point for Marshall. He is the 50th in program history to hit four digits. His career total stands at 1,008 points over 73 games.

Dan D’Antoni, Marshall head coach On West Virginia’s second chance baskets:

“For this game, the second chance points just beat us up. It wore us down, really. That was the worst part, because it looks like we got tired from trying to keep them off the boards.”

On West Virginia’s experience:

“When they’re substituting, they’re bringing in older kids and we’re going down to freshmen. They’re a lot deeper.”

On game overall:

“First half, I thought we played well and then we kind of got a little tired and we started standing a bit and didn’t move. I think in the first part of the game, that’s what we can be capable of, but we have to have James (Kelly) be dominant at the basket and I think we’ll do a better job. Again, we’re a young team and (West Virginia) went to the final 16 last year. Coach Huggins does a great job and they’re very physical. They were the much better team tonight and hopefully down the road, we’ll see them again and we can grow to that level.”

On importance of Capital Classic for the state:

“I’ve said all along in this game, there’s no winners and losers. This is a game for the state and you can see the crowd was there. It was passionate.” – Jon Elmore, sophomore guard

On what it was like to play in his first Capital Classic:

“It was amazing. I’d have liked the results to be a bit different, but growing up as a kid in Charleston, I’ve always dreamed of playing this game. Kids from here worship this game, everybody says ‘I’d love to play for Marshall’ or ‘I’d love to play for WVU.’ I have nothing but love for this game and it was amazing.”

On playing West Virginia:

“They don’t let up. They’re called ‘Press Virginia’ for a reason. First half, we definitely took care of the ball and did what we needed to do. Second half I think we let it get to us a little bit. We still did a solid job but a few turnovers didn’t let us get the shots we need.”- Ryan Taylor, junior forward

On difficulty getting rebounds:

“I know me and James (Kelly) are small out there, but we just have to go out there and fight with our hearts and use our legs because we all box out the same, no matter if you’re 5-foot or 7-foot.”

On trying to overcome their foul trouble:

“It’s very tough. Coach D’Antoni said me and James are kind of like the engine that makes us go. So we’ve got to play big, even though we’re not as big height wise as West Virginia. That game is just a tough atmosphere.”

WEST VIRGINIA (9-1)

Holton 4-6 1-2 9, Ahmad 0-2 1-2 1, Williams 3-10 3-5 9, Carter 5-10 4-4 15, Miles Jr. 5-10 3-5 14, Myers 0-1 0-0 0, Paige 3-7 0-0 7, Adrian 2-5 3-6 8, Phillip 3-6 3-4 11, Watkins 0-0 0-1 0, Romeo III 0-0 0-0 0, Macon 5-8 2-6 12. Totals 30-65 20-35 86.

MARSHALL (3-7)

Kelly 4-6 2-2 11, Taylor 2-7 11-14 15, Browning 2-4 3-5 7, Elmore 1-9 11-12 14, Loop 3-8 0-0 9, Thompson 1-2 0-0 2, Kilgore 0-1 0-0 0, Penava 0-0 0-1 0, Burks 3-9 0-0 6, Edmonds 0-1 0-0 0, Dozic 1-3 0-0 3, Mijovic 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 17-50 28-36 68.

Halftime_West Virginia 35-32. 3-Point Goals_West Virginia 6-17 (Phillip 2-2, Adrian 1-2, Carter 1-3, Paige 1-3, Miles Jr. 1-5, Holton 0-1, Ahmad 0-1), Marshall 6-27 (Loop 3-7, Kelly 1-3, Dozic 1-3, Elmore 1-7, Edmonds 0-1, Kilgore 0-1, Taylor 0-2, Burks 0-3). Fouled Out_Adrian, Kelly, Taylor. Rebounds_West Virginia 48 (Holton 8), Marshall 32 (Taylor 6). Assists_West Virginia 15 (Phillip 4), Marshall 8 (Taylor 3). Total Fouls_West Virginia 30, Marshall 26. Technical_Burks. A_11,748.

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Wes Wilson Photography The Marshall coaching staff, including Williamson native Mark Cline, is pictured above during the Capitol Classic game against West Virginia.
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John Raby

AP Sports Writer

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