Jevon Carter scored 28 one off his career high for West Virginia, which was denied its first 5-0 start in its sixth season in the Big 12. Esa Ahmad, playing his first game of the season after becoming academically eligible, chipped in 18 points in a reserve role. Smith had nine points and eight rebounds. The Red Raiders have held opponents to 60.2 points per game, ranking fifth nationally.
The Red Raiders will savor this moment, even if the rough-and-tumble Big 12 Conference is just getting started.
West Virginia controlled most of the first half behind its pressing defense and 3-point shooting. Two of the three in school history were this week, starting with a 75-65 loss to No. 9 Oklahoma on Tuesday. He scored a career-high 17 points, shooting 5/6 from the field and making 3/4 from long distance. "And in today's game that's all there is". He ended the contest with 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting, marking his highest scoring total since a November win over Missouri, adding three rebounds, two assists and three steals.
No. 1 Villanova 78, St. John's 71: Donte DiVincenzo hit six three-pointers and scored 25 points for Villanova (16-1, 4-1).
Landry Shamet and backcourt mate Conner Frankamp each scored 16 points and Wichita State held off Tulsa. Brandone Francis also gave TT a big lift with 17 points off the bench.
"Junior Center Norense Odiase (6'9" 245-lbs) leads the team in rebounds (5.5) and averages 4.7 points per game. Brady Manek added 22 points for the Sooners (14-2, 4-1 Big 12).
Villanova 78, St. John's 71: Donte DiVincenzo hit six 3-pointers and scored 25 points to help No. 1 Villanova silence a rowdy NY crowd and hold off upset-minded St. John's at Madison Square Garden.
Seton Hall 74, Georgetown 61: Desi Rodriguez and Myles Powell each scored 19 points to lead No. 13 Seton Hall to a victory over Georgetown. Defensively, West Virginia yields 64.9 points against the opposing teams. Anthony Lawrence II and Lonnie Walker IV had 16 points each for Miami (13-3, 2-2). He received a quick hook with 16 minutes left in the game after heaving up a 20-footer when he found himself trapped with the ball at the top of the key.
Allonzo Trier scored 25 points and Deandre Ayton added 24 for Arizona.
Colorado 68, UCLA 59: George King scored 26 points, and Colorado dropped UCLA out of first place in the Pac-12.
The biggest lead for the Frogs, who had never won in Morgantown, was when they scored the first three points in overtime.
NO. 10 OHIO ST. 77, INDIANA 62: Stephanie Mavunga, the 2013 Indiana Miss Basketball from Brownsburg, had 20 points and 18 rebounds for the visiting Buckeyes (16-2, 5-0 Big Ten). "That's what everybody does, because that's how you can get to the free-throw line".
With longtime assistant Jeff Capel in charge, the short-handed and illness-ravaged Blue Devils (15-2, 3-2 ACC) won their second straight and moved their conference record over.500 for the first time this season. He averages 5.4 points per game.
Fans can also expect to see Bolden (10.4), freshman Teddy Allen (9.1) and sophomores Harler (2.9), Maciej Bender (1.8) and Logan Routt (1.6). California (7-11, 1-4) lost its fourth straight game.