After the first two contests of the season much of the chatter revolved about the play of West Virginia's forwards and how the front court had carried the Mountaineers through the first two victories of the season. But in the third game of the year West Virginia's back court put forth its most impressive output of the season and guided the Mountaineers to a 59 point victory. Jevon Carter led the way with 12 points, but Tarik Phillip was impressive as well in place of the ill Daxter Miles scoring 10 and pulling down five boards. In addition to Carter and Phillip's performances, Teyvon Myers came off the bench and provided an spark, showing a smooth stroke and chipping in 11 points of his own.
While the consistent scoring totals of the Mountaineer guards may be the first thing that jumps out about the stat sheet, the defensive effort of the West Virginia backcourt shouldn't be overlooked either. Specifically, the play of Jevon Carter, who dove after several lose balls and came up with five steals on the afternoon. Carter's play and intensity has impressed head coach Bob Huggins, who heaped praised on the junior's stellar performance in Sunday afternoon's game.
"(Carter) makes special plays every day," Huggins said. "He has great feet, great hands and great timing. He does stuff every day that I don't know that I have had anyone ever do before."
That's pretty high praise when you consider that Huggins has coached for 35 seasons and is approaching his 800th career victory. Huggins later added to his comments about Carter's effort
"We probably take some things for granted because he does it so much," Huggins said. "He only has one speed and he plays hard in practice and plays hard in games."
Huggins also praised the play of senior guard Teyvon Myers, who he said has completely changed his attitude from his first to second year in the program.
"(Myers) has gotten better," Huggins said. My dad used to say that everything was about attitude. It drove me crazy but Teyvon's attitude is so much better. He is so much more coachable. The realization that this is it and there is no more next year has played a role."
Myers is playing a similar role to the one that of Jaysean Paige a season ago, in that he is able to come off the bench and provide instant offense to the Mountaineers. While the status of Daxter Miles remains largely up in the air it will be imperative for the Mountaineer back court to build on its impressive effort against New Hampshire. West Virginia will travel to Brooklyn to take on an undefeated Illinois in the first round of the preseason NIT on Thursday afternoon. The match-up will be the Mountaineers' toughest of the young season.