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WVU Knocks Off No. 9 Georgetown 74-62

Nick Arthur, Morgantown -


Coming into Saturday's contest, West Virginia had beaten Georgetown four straight times. The Mountaineers made it five straight.

Truck Bryant scored 25 points, West Virginia forced 15 Georgetown turnovers and the Mountaineers upset No. 9 Georgetown 74-62 on Saturday at the Coliseum.

West Virginia improved to 12-4 on the season and 3-1 in Big East Conference play.

 "This was a good resume builder for us," said West Virginia senior forward Kevin Jones "Coming in here and beating a team like Georgetown is definitely always good."

The loss ended the Hoyas' eleven game winning streak.

West Virginia has now won two straight Big East games after losing to Seton Hall last week.

"It's great," Jones said. "We did a lot of thinking after the Seton Hall game. I think we're doing a good job of bouncing back from it."

"We're getting betting every day," he said.

The Mountaineers improved to 8-1 this season at the Coliseum.

Bryant had 19 second-half points.

Solid play from Georgetown's Hollis Thompson in the first half and a 1-2-2 press from the Hoyas led to a back-and-forth game throughout the first half.

Jones had 15 first-half points and continued his impressive play inside.

Jones finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds.

West Virginia junior forward Deniz Kilicli was in foul trouble for most of the first half, but freshman forward Kevin Noreen filled in nicely.

The Mountaineers were unable to shake the Hoyas and only held a 29-27 lead at the half, despite 10 Georgetown turnovers.

The Hoyas used a 1-2-2 full-court press to force multiple Mountaineer turnovers. The size and wingspan of Thompson at the top of the press allowed him to deflect passes from the undersized West Virginia guards.

"This win was against a heck of a team that is extremely well-coached," Huggins said.

Jones hit a three-pointer midway through the second half to give the Mountaineers a 44-37 advantage.

The home team continued to extend its lead. Freshmen Gary Browne and Aaron Brown hit back-to-back jumpers and West Virginia led 51-43 – its largest lead of the game.

"We did a really good job of guarding," Huggins said. "We maybe did the best job digesting the scouting report."

Bryant hit a three-pointer of his own and West Virginia held an 11-point advantage with less than seven minutes to play.

The Hoyas were able to cut the deficit to four with two minutes to play.

But, the Mountaineers made their free throws down the stretch.

West Virginia shot 50 percent from the field on Saturday, while holding Georgetown to just 41 percent shooting.

The Mountaineers also held Georgetown to just 2-14 shooting from the three-point line.





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