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No. 23 West Virginia crushes Central Florida

| Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, 8:18 p.m.
West Virginia guard James Bolden (3) goes up for a basket in front of Central Florida guard Dayon Griffin during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the AdvoCare Invitational tournament Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
West Virginia guard James Bolden (3) goes up for a basket in front of Central Florida guard Dayon Griffin during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the AdvoCare Invitational tournament Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
West Virginia forward Logan Routt (31) celebrates after dunking the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Central Florida at the AdvoCare Invitational tournament Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. West Virginia won 83-45. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
West Virginia forward Logan Routt (31) celebrates after dunking the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Central Florida at the AdvoCare Invitational tournament Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. West Virginia won 83-45. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — West Virginia coach Bob Huggins called out his team after the opening round of the Advocare Invitational.

It definitely sunk in.

James Bolden scored 17 points, Jevon Carter had 16 and No. 23 West Virginia quickly responded after surviving an upset scare one day earlier by routing Central Florida, 83-45, on Friday night in a semifinal at the Advocare Invitational.

“We played with more energy today,” Huggins said. “We weren't ready to play yesterday.”

The Mountaineers (5-1) used stellar defense to take a 43-20 lead at halftime. West Virginia held UCF to 19 percent shooting (4 for 21) and scored 17 points off the Knights' 17 turnovers.

Bolden had 12 points and Carter 11 during the opening 20 minutes.

Tacko Fall,a 7-foot-6 center, had 11 points and eight rebounds for Central Florida (4-1).

“It was a tough night. You give West Virginia a lot of credit,” UCF coach Johnny Dawkins said. “I think they played a really great game.”

West Virginia also found its shooting touch as the first half progressed, finishing at 41 percent (16 for 39) after converting just 17 percent over the opening 6 minutes.

The Mountaineers struggled in Thursday's opening round before putting winless Marist away 84-78.

Central Florida could get no closer than 19 points in the second half.

West Virginia could improve its standing in the AP Top 25 by winning the invitational championship Sunday night. A loss could knock the Mountaineers out of the rankings.

Central Florida had 17 turnovers in Thursday's 68-59 win over Nebraska. The Knights finished with 27 on Friday.

“We turned the ball over way too much, and that really led to them get easy opportunities,” Dawkins said.

Carter has put himself in position to become the invitational's Most Valuable Player. The senior guard is averaging 18 points, 4.5 assists and 35 minutes through two games.

“He does more things than anyone else in the country,” Huggins said. “He got his hands on so many balls, and he's good on the ball. And he handles the ball for us and distributes, and he's our captain.”

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