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Kevin Jones' Record-Setting Performance Leads Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN -

One way to avoid any issues of inexperience is to get quality play from your veterans. Kevin Jones provided that rock for the Mountaineers in a win over Alcorn State.

In 31 minutes, the fewest he's played this season, the senior forward finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds. He had a double-double before he even stepped onto the court for the second half.

Jones needed just three offensive rebounds Thursday to surpass Chris Brooks as the program's all-time leader. He accomplished that feat in four minutes.

"I couldn't have done it without my teammates missing all those shots," Jones joked after the game. "I've just got to thank them."

In fact, his teammates didn't miss too many shots, connecting on nearly 49 percent of their attempts. Jones just happened to be in position to gather 10 of their unsuccessful tries and either put them right back in for his own points or pass the ball out for another chance to run the offense.

"My shots were falling for me. I was feeling really good today," says Jones. "My teammates were finding me in really good spots out there on the court and I just had overall more confidence in me and my team. We had a good practice yesterday and it showed. We came out with a lot of intensity throughout the game. I was happy with our effort."

At one point in the second half, when it seemed Jones could do no wrong, he went up for a slam dunk that would have brought down the house if it had been close to half full.

Instead, he missed it, not getting enough air to get the ball over the rim.

He's not the program's all-time leading rebounder for nothing, though. He gathered his own miss and laid it in for two points. They happened to be the two points that gave him a career high in scoring.

Maybe he meant to miss the first one, just to get another rebound along the way.

"Yeah, yeah, I did that on purpose, definitely," Jones laughed. "Coach [Huggins] was talking to me about that and he was like, ‘Man, that's crazy, you're trying to pad your stats.'"

The way Jones has come out of the gates in his senior season, he may be padding his stats regularly.

He could be sitting around watching day 140 of the lockout with other underclassmen who left early for the NBA draft, but instead he's playing basketball.

Huggins couldn't be happier to a player and a person like Jones on a team so full of youth looking for guidance.

"He is such a wonderful guy and you can't imagine how good of guy he is and how good he is to deal with everyday," says Huggins. "Everybody raves about what a wonderful guy he is. He is what everybody would want their son to be. You wish you had all of them like him."

WVU only has one like him, but one can suffice if the ones who are unlike him follow his lead.

In previous years, Jones has known other players look up to him, but with seniors on the team, he never felt the eyes that he has now. His leadership is counted on, his game watched closely and his best attribute is his ability to play within his means.

Jones doesn't try to incorporate something into his game that he's only been able to do in street ball or the comforts of his driveway. He knows his limitations as an athlete and uses them to his advantage. In doing so, he's climbing the WVU record books.

"When it is all said and done, he theoretically could be in the Top 10 all-time scorers and the Top 10 all-time rebounders," says Huggins. "He has had a Hall of Fame career. When all is said and done, he has had a Hall of Fame career."

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