Paige came off the bench to score a school-record 34 points while backcourt mate Tarik Phillip added 22 off the pine as No. 12 West Virginia gained a big win on Bib Mondday, besting 17th-ranked Iowa State. Paige did it in a most unusual way, missing five of six three-pointers but hitting on an array of jumpshots and drives to the hole - plus all nine free throws he attempted - in as impressive a single display as the Mountaineers have had this season. Paige, above, talks about his game, and how the team was able to utilize its depth at full strength with his return, along with that of Dax Miles, who played 13 minutes after missing games against Texas and Oklahoma with a hamstring pull.
Phillip, below, netted 22 on 6-of-10 shooting, all six coming from three-point range. Huggins explained that Phillip had been in the gym more, ad was shooting it well. And even when the guard is hitting conssistently, he still gets up a ton off shots before practice in an effort to perfect the stroke. And, at least in terms of the statistical line from three, he did just that in nailing half a dozen, to go with four free throws and a sterling six assists against just one turnover. Phillip details his performance, and his thoughts on the team as a whole and the return of some depth for the Mountaineers (21-7, 10-5), who for the time being are alone in second place in the Big 12.
And finally, Nate Adrian breaks down the press, and how the Mountaineers managed to force the ball out of the hands of Iowa State forwards Georges Niang and Abdel Nader. The two combined for an equal seven turnovers against seven assists, while guard Monte Morris had an uncharacteristic four turnovers. Adrian also detailed his game, and gave his thoughts on Paige's performance, along with looking ahead to a couple days of rest and the final three games of the season against Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Baylor.