The Latest: West Virginia sets a school points record

March 18th, 2017 1:48 pm



The Latest on Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):

12:25 p.m.

West Virginia set a single-season school points record when Jevon Carter hit a fade away 3-pointer from the left corner.

The basket put the West Region's fourth-seeded Mountaineers up 13-4 on the fifth-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish 6:04 into the game.

West Virginia upped its total season total to 2,886 points and top the mark set by the Jerry West-led Mountaineers in 1958-59.

There's an asterisk that goes with the record. The 1958-59 team scored 2,884 points in just 34 games in a season that ended with a loss to California in the national championship game. This year, the Mountaineers set the mark in their 36th game.

— John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo, New York.

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12:20 p.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is attendance again Saturday to cheer for Notre Dame, which is playing West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament for a spot in the Sweet 16. Christie is sporting a dark blue Notre Dame hooded sweatshirt and sitting directly across from the team's bench in KeyBank Center. Christie was also on hand for Notre Dame's first-round matchup against Princeton.

Christie goes way back with Mike Brey, the Fighting Irish coach who began his career at Delaware, Christie's alma mater. Also, Christie's oldest daughter, Sarah, attends Notre Dame and is a student manager on the team.

"We were great friends when I was in Newark, Delaware, and he was a hoops fan lawyer from New Jersey," Brey said. "He knows more about my team than some of my staff. The guy's unbelievably plugged into our stuff, so love having him around."

Christie wasn't looking pleased as the Mountaineers jumped to a 10-0 lead on his beloved Irish.

— Tom Withers reporting from Buffalo.

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12:15 p.m.

The Fighting Irish have started cold in missing their first five shots and trail the Mountaineers 10-0 only 3:13 into the game. Notre Dame's V.J. Beachem has missed all three attempts.

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12:00 p.m.

NCAA President Mark Emmert has arrived at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo to attend the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The West region's fourth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers play fifth-seeded Notre Dame in the first game. And the East Region's top seed Villanova faces eight-seed Wisconsin.

Emmert was escorted into the arena by Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference commissioner Richard Ensor, and was scheduled to watch the games from a private suite.

— John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo, New York.

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11:50 a.m.

Mike Brey might have 15-5 record against former Big East rival West Virginia. That doesn't mean all of the Notre Dame coach's memories of playing the Mountaineers are fond as the two teams prepare for their second-round meeting.

Brey particularly remembers a trip to Morgantown, when former Mountaineer star Jerry West's son, Jonnie, came off the bench and immediately hit a 3-pointer.

That's all Brey says he needed to see in sensing the Fighting Irish were in for a long night.

This marks the teams' first meeting in the tournament, and first since Notre Dame's 71-44 win on Feb. 22, 2012.

— John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo, New York.

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11:40 p.m.

The NCAA Tournament is moving into the round of 32, with eight of the 16 spots in regional semifinals to be filled Saturday.

The tournament has mostly lacked drama so far. Higher seeded teams are 26-6 so far.

Heavyweight matchups are coming.

Afternoon games pit No. 4 West Virginia against No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 1 Villanova against No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 1 Gonzaga against No. 8 Northwestern. The five evening games have No. 3 Florida State against No. 11 Xavier, No. 4 Butler against No. 12 Middle Tennessee, No. 2 Arizona against No. 7 St. Mary's, No. 4 Florida against No. 5 Virginia, and No. 4 Purdue against No. 5 Iowa State.


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