Williams, Ahmad and Paige Break Down West Virginia's Blowout Of TCU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia used a dominating performance in the press and on the boards and four players reached double figures as the No. 10 Mountaineers finished a season sweep of TCU with a 73-42 home win on Saturday.

It was, by all accounts, just about as easy as it seemed in the final box score. Jonathan Holton returned to score 14 points, tied for a team-best with Esa Ahmad, and Devin Williams and Jaysean Paige added 11 and 10 points, respectively as the Mountaineers turned TCU over 26 times on the way to as many points off the miscues. Williams and Holton controlled the interior, with Williams racking up 13 rebounds and Holton tallying an excellent line that included the 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, as well as seven rebounds, five assists and two steals with zero turnovers.

Williams, above, missed 8-of-11 shots from the floor, but managed to reach 1,000 points for his career, as he needed nine entering. Williams also got to the line effectively, and was a key in limiting TCU to just 18 points in the paint. In his interview, Williams discusses the physicality of the game, and his ability to reach the 1,000-point mark to become just the 50th Mountaineer to do so.

Next, Ahmad speaks to his development, and being better able to use floor spacing along with his continued advancement within the offense. Ahmad hit 4-of-7 shots, and all six of his free throws, while continuing to pass well out of the four spot. Ahmad also detailed his approach to taking players off the dribble versus using his spot-up shooting, and what triggers those decisions within WVU's halfcourt sets.

And finally, Paige discusses West Virginia's press, and if the Mountaineers expected TCU to try and throw over the top as much as they did. It was far from successful, as both Paige and Carter picked off multiple lobs from the Horned Frogs. Paige also talsk about the return of Holton, and what that meant to their own pressure and the energy level the senior forward creates. 

WVU, now 20-5 overall and a Big 12-best 9-3, will remain tied for first place with Kansas, which defeated Oklahoma 76-72 on Saturday in Norman.


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