WVU finds the range against Manhattan
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Esa Ahamad scored 19 points to lead No. 25 West Virginia to a 108-61 victory Monday night in the final game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
The Mountaineers (5-1) forced a school-record 40 turnovers, surpassing the 34 by VMI in 2014-15.
West Virginia started the game on an 8-0 run over the first 3 minutes, then both teams essentially traded baskets through the next 12 minutes. In the final 5 minutes of the first half, James Long and Nathan Adrian led a 22-5 scoring run, giving the Mountaineers a 60-27 lead.
Adrian had 15 points for West Virginia, while Daxter Miles Jr. added 11 and Long had a career-high 10.
Zavier Peart led the Jaspers (2-4) with 11 points.
Manhattan is impressive off the glass, averaging around 40 rebounds per game but also averages 23 turnovers per game.
West Virginia averages around 27 forced turnovers per game, but are shooting 69 percent from the free throw line.
Manhattan hosts Canisius on Friday.
West Virginia plays at No. 6 Virginia on Saturday.