Clutch Contributions

While just about every Mountaineer had big plays in West Virginia's 92-79 win over Providence, freshman Wellington Smith's were probably the most unexpected.

Although Smith has certainly acquitted himself well in his limited minutes on the floor during his freshman season, there wasn't anything to suggest that he would provide some of the biggest plays in WVU's first round win in the Big East tournament.

Smith's first great stretch came at the 9:11 mark of the second half. After committing a foul on the defenisve end, he made up fro the miscue by driving for an impressive layup while getting fouled by the Friars' Brian McKenzie. The freshman coolly hit the resulting three-pointer to extend West Virginia's lead to 66-58. Barely a minute later, with the Mountaineer lead down to four, Smith headed into the lane and followed a missed shot with a tip-in to put WVU back on top by six.

The unflappable freshman wasn't done yet, however. The Friars continued to answer West Virginia on the offensive end, and although WVU led by 10 with two minutes to go, the feeling was that Providence had one final push left in them. Smith, however, ended any hopes with a gorgeous three-pointer from the left wing that set the small, but boisterous, Mountaineer crowd into celebration mode.

In this post-game interview, listen as Smith describes his emotions during the key stretches, and his thoughts on playing in the Garden.

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