West Virginia Tops Jayhawks 74-63 As Jaysean Paige And Devin Williams Star

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia's inside-out duo of Devin Williams and Jaysean Paige keyed a disciplined offense as the Mountaineers' topped No.1 Kansas 74-63 here Tuesday.

Paige, who scored a game-high 26 points, 14 from the line, was superb in his ability to find driving lanes against KU's defense and exploit the looks with moves intot he basket. Paige also took contact well, getting to the line for 17 shots, while also tallying a game-high five steals. Paige, above, discusses his individual effort, as well as that of the team as a whole as West Virginia garnered advantages in nearly every statsitical category outside of shooting in the double-digit victory.

Next, forward Devin Williams speaks to the atmophere present inside the 14,000-seat Coliseum, which was fewer than 1,000 tickets away from being sold out until a winter storm iced the roads in the Morgantown area. The listed attendance was 12,097, and the lesser-than-that crowd sounded every bit of it in an impressive showing. Williams, who finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for his team-leading seventh double-double of the season, talks about the environment, and the focus WVU had leading into the game. Williams also details the Mountaineers' ability to navigate among the more difficult stretches in school history as he looks toward the Saturday match-up against No. 2 Oklahoma on the road.

And finally, guard Tarik Phillip, one of four players to come off the bench and give West Virginia a 40-10 edge in reserve scoring, dissects WVU's ability to force Kansas into a season-worst 22 turnovers while committing just nine themselves. Phillip also notes KU's veteran savvy, starting two seniors and two juniors, and how rare it is for a team of that stature and make-up to succumb to pressure. Phillip also speaks to the improvements in West Virginia's halfcourt defense and how that keyed the first win over a No. 1 ranked foe since UNLV in 1983. The win moves WVU to 4-7 all-time against No. 1s.


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