West Virginia 'Traps' Bears, Uses Press To Best Baylor 80-69

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - While Devin Williams waged another personal battle with Baylor's Rico Gathers, Nathan Adrian provided an energy and a defensive boost and Jaysean Paige once again paced the scoring in West Virginia's 80-69 win.

The win allowed the No. 14 Mountaineers (19-4, 8-2 Big 12) to claim possession of first place in the conference with eight games remaining. Williams, above, details his play against Gathers, and fights through a cold to dissect the Mountaineers' effort on both ends, as well as delve into the overall approach and what the win means with a huge game looming at No. 7 Kansas on Tuesday night.

Adrian, below, might have played his best all-around game of the season, though that seems to be written after nearly every performance now. The junior hit for 11 points and nine rebounds, and had an excellent shot at a double-double before passing up a chance at a board late. Head coach Bob Huggins noted that Adrian was excellent on defense, and used his footwork and length to disrupt Baylor in both the press and within the halfcourt sets. Listen as the Morgantown native discusses his game, and how the Mountaineers limited No. 15 BU on the inside, as well as the keys to overcoming some limited minutes by Paige and Tarik Phillip in the second half.

Finally, Paige talks about Adrian's game, and how West Virginia's pressure and tempo affected the Bears. Paige also breaks down the Baylor zone, and how WVU was able to move it around as desired to create open lanes to the interior, or step-in shots from three. That benefitted all the guards - and Adrian, who hit a huge three late - but most helped Daxter Miles, who nailed 4-of-5 threes for a game-high 20 points. Paige scored 17, and Williams and Adrian added 16 and 11, respectively.


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