POG: St. John's

Kevin Jones' team-high 17 points earn Player of the Game Honors on a night of slim pickings in an 81-71 loss to St. John's on Wednesday.

Jones hit seven of 14 field goals, including three threes from the corner, to pace a WVU team that simply refused to play physically or challenge the Red Storm in the paint. Jones should have led that push, and indeed did try to carry the Mountaineers (7-3, 0-1), but could manage just two rebounds. He was harassed often as the lone WVU player to challenge the rim, and as a result never got in any flow on offense. The junior did make a big three-pointer with 9:34 remaining that brought West Virginia within 53-49 and finished with six assists against just one turnover. But that was as close as West Virginia would come in losing its league opener and snapping a 34-game home December winning streak and a 10-game series streak over SJU.


  • Joe Mazulla

    The point guard entered and stayed at the one spot midway through the first half as head coach Bob Huggins tried a two-guard set with Truck Bryant moving to the two. Mazulla, somewhat sadly, had a team-best five rebounds and did play physically with SJU. He was hindered by early whistles and never got overly involved in scoring (he finished with four points), but he made other plays on the floor where others seemed largely lost during the entire 40 minutes.

  • Jonnie West

    West was one of the few players who did was he was put on the floor to do, mainly make threes (he made four of nine) and defend the outside. He finished with 12 points and played well defensively when matched against much quicker, stronger competition. He made a pair of threes immediately upon entering with about 10 minutes played, and hit a couple more at the end of the game to make the score closer. On a night without much else, those aesthetics were enough for Net Burner honors.

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