WVU Players Detail The Win Over Stetson As The Mountaineers Move To 3-0

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia used a late first-half run jumpstart the 103-62 win over Stetson. Here, Jaysean Paige, Elijah Macon and Esa Ahmad break down the effort and execution for the Mountaineers.

Paige, above, scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. The senior's total was second only to Devin Williams' game-high 23 in yet another double-double effort, and the two led five West Virginia players in double figures. Here, the guard speaks to the slow start, how the defense and press helped to pick the tempo back up late in the first half - during a 14-2 run to end the opening 20 minutes - and also delves into the play of Macon and his maturation as a player and individual. Paige also notes what bothered the Mountaineers early, namely their own sluggishness and an inaility to take care of the ball in amassing 18 turnovers, just one less than Stetson.

Macon, below, talks about his career-best 18 points and perfect 8-of-8 shooting from the field that helped to anchor the Mountaineers as they hit 57 percent from the floor (38-of-67) in the blowout win. Macon, whose previous high was 11 against Woffford last season, speaks to his fitness, the ability of Williams and Macon to dominate the interior against the Hatters, and to what he attributes hiss shooting success. Macon said, like the rest of the team, he started slow, then kept playing and eventually found a flow and some motivation from head coach Bob Huggins.

And finally, Ahmad details the entent of his shoulder injury and how it is affecting him. he also notes the physicality of the last two games against James Madison and Stetson, and his defensive abilities that offset his five turnovers. Ahmad finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, and also added four assists.


BlueGoldNews Top Stories