West Virginia (-2.5) ousts Notre Dame behind Carter's 24
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jevon Carter scored 24 points and No. 4 seed West Virginia defeated fifth-seeded Notre Dame 83-71 in a second-round NCAA Tournament game on Saturday at KeyBank Center.
The Mountaineers (28-8) advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the seventh time in 11 years and will face the winner of Saturday's game between No. 1 seed Gonzaga and eight-seeded Northwestern at the West regional in San Jose, Calif.
Daxter Miles Jr. added 18 points for West Virginia and Tarik Phillip scored 12, while Esa Ahmad and Elijah Macon each had 11.
Notre Dame, the only team to reach the Elite Eight round of the last two NCAA tournaments, finished the season at 26-10.
Bonzie Colson led the Irish with 27 points and eight rebounds. Leading scorer V.J. Beachem struggled, hitting only 2 of 14 shots, including 1 of 9 from 3-point range, to score nine points. Steve Vasturia added 11.
West Virginia opened the game with a 10-0 run, holding Notre Dame scoreless over the first 3:35, and led by as many 11 twice before going into halftime up 42-35.
The Irish struggled with the Mountaineers' full-court pressure early, committing 10 of their 14 turnovers in the first half. Notre Dame entered the game with the nation's lowest turnover rate.
West Virginia preserved its lead in the second half by shooting 58 percent from the field and overcame a run of turnovers during a seven-minute field goal drought.
The closest Notre Dame got in the second half was within four points on three occasions.
NOTES: West Virginia set a school record for most points in a season (2,956), surpassing the 1959 Final Four team led by Hall of Famer Jerry West. ... Notre Dame committed as many turnovers (six) in the first the 12 minutes as it did in the entire first-round win over Princeton. ... The Mountaineers are 4-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament games in Buffalo. The 2010 team won twice here on its way to the Final Four. ... This was the first meeting between Notre Dame and West Virginia since 2012, when both were members of the Big East. ... Notre Dame has never won its first two games in three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
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