Jaysean Paige finished with a dozen points,splitting the difference between the game-high 14 from Jonathan Holton and the 10 scored by Nathan Adrian in his first start of the season. Adrian, a junior, got the start after true freshman forward Esa Ahmad sustained a sprained knee earlier this week. Head coach Bob Huggins said he hoped Ahmad would be able to practice on Thursday, giving him a couple days before West Virginia next plays at Florida at noon on Saturday.
Paige, above, speaks to the increased execution in WVU's press, and how the Mountaineers didn't allow Kansas State to split its traps and move the ball upfloor with superior numbers. Paig also talks about getting excellent support, like seven points off the bench from Teyvon Myers, and how that aided him in a poor shoting night in which he missed nine of 12 shots, including four of five threes. Paige, however, remained active, and was able to convert five of six from the line and help offset another mediacoe game from Devin Williams, who had six points, two rebounds, four fouls and six turnovers in 20 minutes.
Next, Nathan Adrian details his play, including his thoughts on getting the start, and his quick five points that jumpstarted the Mountaineer offense, and gave the forward some needed confidence in his own game shot. Adrian has been hitting consistently in practice, but struggled in the games. Adrian also speaks to WVU's press, and his efforts defending Kansas State guards on the perimeter, and how his length comes into play.
And finally Myers, in his usual jovial style, discussed his increasing comfort level, and that if his shooting comes, how that's the final piece he needs to feel like he is truly evolving in the offense. Myers also noted his discussions with Williams, and how the junior college transfer tried to encourage the veteran player by telling Williams it was only himself, and his struggle to always be near perfect, that was holding him back.