WVU advances to Sweet 16 with win over Notre Dame

With an 83-71 win over Notre Dame, WVU is on its way to the Sweet 16. (Dale Sparks/WVU)

Do you know the way to San Jose? The WVU Mountaineers do.

The fourth-seeded Mountaineers (28-8) shot 57 percent from 3-point range to beat the fifth-seed, Notre Dame (26-10) 83-71 in the Round of 32 to advance to the Sweet 16 in San Jose.

WVU was led in scoring by junior guard Jevon Carter, who scored 24 points and went 4-5 from beyond the 3-point arc and from the free throw line. Daxter Miles scored just 2 points in the Mountaineer’s first round win over Bucknell, but bounced back scoring 18 against Notre Dame.

Tarik Phillip again came off the bench to provide a spark for the WVU offense. After scoring 16 against Bucknell in the first round, Phillip scored 12 against the Fighting Irish.

Esa Ahmad and Elijah Macon each scored 11 for the Mountaineers.

As a team, WVU was on fire shooting the ball. The Mountaineers shot 50 percent from the field, 57 percent from 3-point range and 81 percent from the free throw line.

Coming off a tightly contested 86-80 first round game with Bucknell (26-9), the Mountaineers never trailed in its second round win over Notre Dame.

WVU will now head to San Jose where it will take on the winner of No. 1 Gonzaga (33-1) and No. 8 Northwestern (24-11). That Sweet 16 matchup will be played on Thursday, March 23.

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