West Virginia Led By 30 At The Half In An Easy 107-61 Win Over Northern Kentucky in the Season Opener.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - It might have looked even easier than it was, this 107-61 beating of Northern Kentucky to tip-off the season. But as the players note, the work already invested yielded a solid initial return.

As Elijah Macon describes above, West Virginia raced to a 30-point led at the break by forcing 19 first half turnovers and essentially coasted in the second half while steadily building upon its edge. Macon somehow fouled out with more than 10 minutes left in the contest, but finished with seven points and four rebounds in just six minutes of play. The forward was impressive in his milited time, throwing down a pair of explosive dunks and showcasing his newfound explosiveness and ability to finish around the rim.

Jevon Carter, below, details the improvements in his game as a point guard, and notes his newfound understanding of how to get the offensive into its motion sets while understanding tempo and pace. Carter scored a game-high 24 points, four points off his career high, and hit seven-of-11 shos from the field and all seven free throws. He also tallied six assists against two turnovers and garnered five steals in an incredibly impressive performance regardless of opponent in leading WVU to its 500th all-time win at the Coliseum, where it's now 500-148, a 77.2 percent winning percentage.

And finally, Devin Williams was his typical dependable self, finishing with a superb double-double of 18 points and a career-high tying 15 rebounds, which he has done four times. Williams was dominant in the paint, and used an array of spin moves and up and unders to attack the rim and finish. In all, the junior hit five-of-eight from the floor and eight-of-nine from the foul line in anchoring the interior for the Mountaineers.

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