West Virginia's Senior Guard Flashes Persona, One-Liners after Win

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Teyvon Myers' personality is one of humor and one-liners. But underlying that is a toughness that showed during West Virginia's win over Kansas State on Saturday.

The senior guard took a hard elbow to the face near the midway point of the second half against K-State. As he walked over to the bench, team trainer Randy Meador instructed Myers to leave the game. Myers refused, instead grabbing a handful of tissues from a box sitting beside the play-by-play broadcast area and promptly stuffing them up his bloody nose.

The crowd roared in approval, and Myers went on to give WVU 11 solid minutes, scoring four points with four rebounds and three assists. More importantly, Myers was typically reliable with the ball save one late turnover, and was able to both distribute and attack the rim from the motion sets.

"I was trapping. It was a basketball play," Myers said of the contact. "It wasn't nothing intentional or anything. Give me what you've gotta give me and let me get back out there and do what I have to do for the team to win."

If anything, the quick jolt to the system reminded Myers of his days playing pick-up games in a rough section of Brooklyn, and is days in the Queens-based Grover Cleveland High. The no-blood, no-foul system was utilized, and even a bit of the former wasn't always enough to call on an opponent.

"I grew up in the slums," Myers said. "I can take a hit. Heated games in the neighborhood, get a big scratch on your elbow, even if you need stitches, you just naturally get out there and play. My nose is kinda hurting, though. I just hope it's not broken."

Myers has told stories of growing up in the area, of not having presents under the Christmas tree and routinely going without. He often uses humor to get through a myriad of situations, but Myers was quite serious in discussing the Mountaineers' win, which evened the seasons series against the Wildcats and served as a bit of revenge for a poorly played game in Manhattan. The victory got the No. 13 Mountaineers (20-5, 8-4 Big 12) to 20 wins for the third straight season and kept momentum rolling into a Big Monday clash at No. 3 Kansas.

"This was very important," Myers said. "This was payback, basically. We have a lot of energy out of everybody who is playing. It's something I look forward to on Monday for the Jayhawks."

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