Jonathan Holton, statistically, had a mediocre game. But in terms of all around play, the 6-7 forward was a major factor on both ends of the court. Holton helped grab four offensive rebounds, was a strong defensive presence in the press, and came up with two clutch 3-pointers to help seal the win.
West Virginia looked like it lacked energy these past few gamess. Slow starts against Northern Kentucky and Marshall almost turned into disasters, but when the team stepped into Madison Square Garden the team seemed to have revitalized. Devin Williams made it apparent that the team needed to start playing like it did in Puerto Rico, with a chip on its collective shoulder.
Jaysesan Paige fouled out for the first time this season, but his eleven points and three steals were huge for the Mountaineers. His grit on the defensive side of the ball turned into steals, which turned into fast break points. Also, like Williams, Paige felt like the team needed to get back to its old ways of high energy defense.