As The Clock Winds Down...

Coming into the 2006-07 season, no one would have predicted that sophomore Joe Alexander would be a strong three-point threat for the Mountaineer basketball team.

Certainly, the high-leaping forward was expected to help WVU score some points with dunks and aggressive moves on offense. It was even hoped that he could help on the defensive end by blocking some shots and snaring rebounds. But three-pointers? An afterthought.

That outlook changed quickly when Alexander begin canning threes right out of the gate, however. Using his jumping ability to its fullest, Alexander simply elevates above defenders for clean looks at the basket, much as Kevin Pittsnogle did by using his six-foot, ten-inch height to shoot over defenders.

Alexander has also shown himself to be a go-to guy when the shot clock is winding down. In WVU's last two games, wins over Marshall and DePaul, Alexander has drained difficult threes as the shot clock expired. Against the Herd, it was a bomb of Pat Beilein proportions, as he uncorked a nothing-but-net shot from well behind the line. The Blue Demons also were sniped, as Alexander hit a tough attempt with a defender in his face right in front of the WVU bench.

Listen as Alexander describes the shots, and also discusses several other factors that have the Mountaineers riding high as they hit the road for games against Rutgers and Seton Hall.


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