Johnson scores 17 to help West Virginia beat UAB 81-70

Dec 10, 2022, 3:44 AM | Updated: 5:57 pm
West Virginia players celebrate during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against UA...

West Virginia players celebrate during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against UAB in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

(AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

              West Virginia guard Joe Toussaint (5) is defended by UAB guard Jordan Walker (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              UAB forward Javian Davis (0) shoots while defended by West Virginia forward Mohamed Wague (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              UAB guard Jordan Walker (10) is defended by West Virginia guard Kedrian Johnson (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              West Virginia forward Tre Mitchell, front right, is defended by UAB guard Jordan Walker (10) and forward KJ Buffen, back right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              UAB guard Eric Gaines (4) is defended by West Virginia forward Jimmy Bell Jr. (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              UAB guard Eric Gaines (4) shoots while defended by West Virginia forward Jimmy Bell Jr. (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)
            
              West Virginia players celebrate during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against UAB in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Kedrian Johnson scored 17 points, Emmitt Matthews Jr. added 16 — with four 3-pointers — and nine rebounds and West Virginia beat UAB 81-70 Saturday night to snap the Blazers’ six-game win streak.

Joe Toussaint had 14 points and three steals and Tre Mitchell had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists for West Virginia (8-2).

Jordan Walker and Javian Davis scored 19 points apiece for UAB (7-2). The Blazers, the preseason favorite in Conference USA, were playing their first road game.

Walker hit two 3-pointers and a pull-up jumper during a 10-0 run and UAB overcame an 11-point deficit to take a 47-45 lead with 14:33 remaining. But the Blazers never led again.

Toussaint blocked Walker’s layup on a fast break and Johnson saved the ball from going out of bounds to start a fast break going the other way. Mitchell followed with a 3-pointer for a 57-51 lead with 10:49 remaining.

Mo Wague’s layup gave the Mountaineers their largest lead, 79-64 with 3:04 remaining.

Matthews hurt his left knee when he landed awkwardly after catching an inbounds pass in the game’s first minute. He went to the locker room but returned and hit three first-half 3-pointers.

UP NEXT

UAB returns home for a matchup with South Carolina on Wednesday

West Virginia is off until a home game against Buffalo on Dec. 18

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