In their final regular season home game, West Virginia seniors Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant didn't disappoint the Coliseum crowd. The two veterans combined for 50 points and West Virginia ended a four-game home losing streak with a 92-75 victory over DePaul on Tuesday night.
Bryant scored 28 points and Jones recorded 22 points against the visiting Blue Demons.
"It's good when we're on point where we need to be," Jones said. "That's when our team really thrives off us, when we're producing."
Bryant agrees with his fellow senior.
"When both of us are clicking, the whole team is clicking," Bryant said. "It's just a going to be good night when both of us are clicking."
West Virginia desperately needed the win in order to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
The Mountaineers improved to 18-12 on the season and 8-9 in Big East Conference play, with one regular season game remaining.
Bryant and Jones both took time to reflect on their careers at West Virginia.
"My career's not over," Jones said. "Hopefully it's not over for another month or so. After this season, maybe that's the time I can sit and reflect on what I've done in my four years here."
"There were a lot of memories in my head coming out," Bryant said. "But I tried not to think about it and tried to just come out here and get this win."
West Virginia had lost seven of its previous nine games before the victory over the Blue Demons.
The Mountaineers wasted no time while jumping out to a 14-5 advantage before the first media timeout.
West Virginia would lead by as many as 17 in the first half before a 10-0 run by the Blue Demons closed the gap.
DePaul was able to cut the deficit to six, until a late push by the home team earned the Mountaineers a 47-31 lead at the half.
Seniors Bryant and Jones combined for 28 first-half points on 10-17 shooting.
Junior forward Dominique Rutledge provided a spark off the bench for the Mountaineers on Tuesday night.
A Rutledge layup with 14 minutes left to play gave West Virginia at 56-40 lead.
But, the visitors continued to fight.
With 10 minutes remaining in the game, DePaul was able to cut the deficit to 12.
"I thought, in the first half, we guarded pretty good," said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. "I don't think we played with the same kind of enthusiasm to start the second half."
However, back-to-back layups from West Virginia freshman guard Jabarie Hinds ended the Blue Demons hopes of a comeback.
Hinds had an impressive game for the Mountaineers, while recording 14 points and four assists.
DePaul was led by Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young. Melvin and Young each scored 21 points.
Kevin Jones recorded his 19th double-double of the season.
"We're still very much alive," Jones said. "We have to get this win on Saturday against South Florida. It's another must-win for us."