West Virginia's Devin Williams Had A Monster Game In Loss to Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- No one saw it coming. Although Devin Williams has been a double-double machine for the Mountaineers this year, his 31-point, 10-reobund performance against Kansas was one that will be remembered, even though the Mountaineers came up short on the scoreboard.

Williams was ultra-efficient on the offensive end, making nine of his 12 shot attempts and 13 of his 15 tries from the free throw line. He also grabbed ten rebounds, and had one of his better defensive efforts as well, as he helped against ball screens by hedging high and trapping Kansas ballhandlers. His performance capped his selection to the All-Tournament Team, as he averaged 19.3 points and 11.3 rebounds over WVU's three games -- the only player to put up a double-double on the week.

The Jayhawks had no answer for him, and were it not for some lackluster ballhandling and off target shooting from normally solid teammates, it might have been West Virginia hoisting the championship trophy. Still, Williams was very quick to note that the loss wasn't on anyone else, and that others had carried the load at other points in the season. 

Williams did take the loss hard, saying that he wanted the title so badly for his teammates and himself, but looked forward at West Virginia's chances in the NCAA Tournament.

"We're just going to take it one game at a time. First, you know, we got to see where we're going to fall tomorrow, Selection Sunday, and that's the most important part. Pretty much, you know, we just want it bad, man. We got 240 minutes, that was most of the talk in the locker room, 240 minutes. So you know, we just going to take it one game at a time and bounce back."

"That's the best he's finished all year, and Devin is a really good player," head coach Bob Huggins summed up. "I mean, he works extremely hard, he puts in extra time, and he's the guy that we go to when things aren't going the way we would like for them to go."


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