As head coach Bob Huggins noted above, the Mountaineers (21-7, 10-5) are getting their numbers back with the return of Jaysean Paige and Daxter Miles. And as those numerics improve, so does the scoreboard. Paige scored a school-record 34 points off the bench, and Tarik Phillip added 22 in a much-needed double-digit win over the No. 17 Cyclones to retake sole possession of second place in the Big 12 - for now. No. 12 WVU forced 15 turnovers while committing 11, and routinely made step-in shots and attacked the interior via Paige and Devin Williams (13 points, nine rebounds). Huggins said he was pleased with how his team prepared for this game on a quick 48 turnaround, and their ability to create pressure while rebounding far better than they had in an ugly loss to No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday.
Now, with just three games left in the regular season, West Virginia has halted a two-game skid and assured itself at least a chance to battle for the Big 12 Tournament's second seed.