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Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Alcorn State Game Recap

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Kevin Jones scored a career-high 29 points and added 13 rebounds while leading West Virginia to a 97-62 victory over Alcorn State on Thursday night.

"When it's all said and done, he's (Kevin Jones) had a hall of fame career," said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. "He's worked so hard, and he's such a wonderful guy."

The senior forward Jones shot 13-21 from the floor.

"My shots were falling for me, I was feeling really good today," Jones said. "My teammates were finding me in good spots, and I just had overall more confidence."

After three offensive rebounds in the first four minutes of play, Kevin Jones became West Virginia's all-time leader in offensive rebounds with 321.

"It means a lot, just the work I've put into offensive rebounding. I couldn't have done it without my teammates missing all of those shots," said Jones jokingly.

The Mountaineers forced 19 Braves' turnovers and shot 48.6 percent from to field to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Senior guard Truck Bryant added 18 points, with 16 of them coming in the second half.

West Virginia jumped out to an early 24-12 lead midway through the first half, following a three from freshman guard Paul Williamson.

Williamson provided a first-half spark and finished with six points at halftime.

Williamson, a Hart, W.Va. native, admits his first appearance was a dream come true.

"I've loved West Virginia basketball since I was little, and there's no better place in the world for me," he said.

 Kevin Jones anchored an impressive first half by the Mountaineers. Jones led all scorers with 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds at halftime.  

For the second-consecutive game, senior guard Truck Bryant was hampered by early foul trouble. Bryant had three fouls just over ten minutes into the game, and was forced to sit out most of the first half.

West Virginia shot 42 percent from the field in the first half and outrebounded Alcorn State 29-15 in the first 20 minutes of play.

A three-pointer by freshman guard Jabarie Hinds at the first-half buzzer gave the Mountaineers a 44-28 halftime lead.

Balanced scoring from West Virginia to begin the second half pushed the Mountaineer lead to 14, 56-32, with 15:46 left to play.

Truck Bryant's ninth point extended the West Virginia lead to 63-37 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the game.

"It just felt good to win a game by a lot," Bryant said. "It just feels like we're starting to get on the right track. We needed this game for our confidence and for the freshman confidence."

Kevin Jones hit a three with nine minutes remaining and the Mountaineers had their largest lead of the night at 31, 74-43.

Junior forward Deniz Kilicli hit a free throw to give West Virginia an 87-56 advantage with 3:55 left to play.

Freshman guards Gary Browne and Jabarie Hinds both had solid games. Browne had eight points and 12 rebounds off the bench, while Hinds added 10 points and six rebounds.

Browne credits effort to his success on the glass.

"It just happened because I played hard," Browne said. "For a point guard, I need to do everything."

Alcorn State struggled to find any rhythm offensively on Thursday night. The Braves committed 19 turnovers and shot just 35.5 percent from the floor.

West Virginia redshirt freshman forward Kevin Noreen had 12 points and seven rebounds.

 

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