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"Dynamic Duo" Close Out Strong on Senior Night

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MORGANTOWN -

There were far more important things at play on senior night than celebrating the accomplishments of Kevin Jones and Darryl "Truck" Bryant.

Those two players had to put emotions aside and focus their attention on what really matters at this point in the season, and that was getting a victory to keep WVU's NCAA tournament hopes alive.

Still, it is difficult to ignore the pomp and circumstance that accompany the final home games for two Mountaineers who have contributed so much to the program in the past four seasons.

"There were a lot of memories going through my head, but I just tried not to think about it and tried to come out here and pick up this win – a much-needed win," Bryant said after the game. "We just kept our composure and stuck together as a team."

The past two seasons, West Virginia has been able to put together a win for its graduating seniors in their last appearance inside the Coliseum. This year's class was given the same sort of send off.

"My career's not over and hopefully it's not over for another month or so," Jones says. "[The end] comes in my mind once in awhile, but I think once the season's over, that's the time that I can really sit back and reflect on what I've done my last four years here."

Prior to the game, both Jones and Bryant were sporting custom-made t-shirts in recognition of themselves. The shirts read "Dynamic Duo Tops the Mountain" with their faces below and on the back was a list of their accomplishments, namely each category in which one or both of them are in the program's Top 10.

"My mom and my friends got the shirts done for me and K.J.," says Bryant. "Me and K.J. are like brothers, so it's just shirts to put our accomplishments on it and I think it was a kind of cool idea."

The little bit of self-promotion needed to translate to a strong showing on the court, though. Somehow a game against the worst team in the conference had taken on great meaning in terms of WVU's postseason dreams and the team had to forget about the celebration of its senior and focus on getting its eighth Big East win.

Bob Huggins is always right on the verge of losing his composure on senior night. Each time he embraces one of his students, you can see the look on his face that he does not want to let go. Tuesday was no different.

"When you are running those guys for four years like we are and you go through as many things as you go through in a season, you are around them in a lot of aspects from an academic standpoint, from a social standpoint so you obviously get close and they become a part of your family. You hate to see them go. You have so many times together," Huggins said after the game.

So they decided to have one more time together, this one being what they hope is the last game they'll play alongside each other in Morgantown. And the performances of the night's two most distinguished guests did not fall short of their own expectations.

Bryant led all scorers with 28 points on 7-of-13 shooting and Kevin Jones orchestrated his 19th double-double of the season with 22 points and 16 rebounds.

"It's good when we're both on point where we need to be," says Jones. "Our team really thrives off of us when we're out there producing."

Clicking or not, each of these Mountaineers has had an impact on the program not only with the production they have brought throughout their careers, but now with the leadership they have shown to a young squad.

The freshmen who make up the rest of the roster and the future of the program are appreciative of the opportunity to have learned from both Bryant and Jones in their last go-around.

"I just think that they're remarkable guys," says forward Keaton Miles. "The stamp that they put on this university is big, so to let them leave on a good note like that is good."

In the coming seasons, lessons learned from Bryant and Jones will be put to use to mold future versions of the WVU basketball team as each of the current freshmen grow into veteran roles.

Bryant hopes they will take the best of the two seniors and make it count.

"If there's one thing that I want our young guys to take, it's our will to win and our leadership," he says. "I think me and K.J.'s will to win is very high and I just think that it just happened over a period of time of being here."

For what they hope is their final appearance on the home court, Bryant and Jones' will to win got them just that.

They were able to walk off the Coliseum to applause and shouts of appreciation from the fans as Country Roads played them into the locker room one last time.

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