Friday, November 18, 2011

Bob Huggins Speaks: Quotes From the Alcorn St. Game

  I love the head coaches for the Mountaineers' football and basketball teams. Among the many things that I like about them is that they are always good for a quote. Dana Holgorsen is always frank, sometimes brutally, with the media, and Bob Huggins is not afraid to speak his mind either. 
  Since Huggins is a WVU Pro, I thought I would start a new feature on this site and call it "Bob Huggins Speaks" that will come after games and important news conferences. I think he's entertaining and sheds light on how the team is playing sometimes in ways that we wouldn't think.
  The men's basketball team had a big 97-62 victory against Alcorn St. yesterday coming off a Tuesday morning loss to Kent St. Kevin Jones set the All-time Mountaineer record for offensive rebounds early in the game, and ended with a career high 29 points to go along with 10 offensive rebounds (13 total). 
"I've got to give a lot of the credit to my teammates for missing all those shots," Jones said after the game.
  Truck Bryant had a big 2nd half and was able to get to the basket. He finished with 18 points. Redshirt freshman Kevin Noreen came off the bench and scored 12. Deniz Kilicli and Jabarie Hinds had 10 a piece. 
  An instant fan favorite in the form of walk-on freshman Paul Williamson came off  the bench and had 7 points hitting a pair of 3-pointers. 
"Can we be honest?" Bob Huggins said. "Who looked at the schedule and didn't think we'd win this one?"
More Bob Huggins quotes after the jump.
From MSNSportsnet:
 “You can always get something out of this and I thought we played hard tonight. We didn’t run offense in the first half; I think five of our first seven shots were 3s and we don’t need that."
“I think we’ve got to shoot 3s but we don’t have to shoot five of our first seven from 3, particularly when you’ve got an opponent who is out-manned inside with Deniz and KJ’s ability to score the ball in close."
“Truck was terrific today. He played within himself, didn’t force things and he gets 18 points because he didn’t force things.” 
Huggins on turnovers:
 “You can’t continue to go down the path we were going down – you can continue to throw the ball around the way we are throwing the ball around. I think this is the first time this year we had more assists than we did turnovers.”
From WVMetroNews:
“He’s (Jones) had a hall of fame career. When it’s all said and done, he’s had a hall of fame career.  You look at guys that are in the top 10 in scoring and rebounding and those are hall of fame guys.  He’s worked so hard and he’s such a wonderful guy. You can’t imagine what a good guy he is and how he is to deal with everyday.”
Charleston Daily Mail:
 "The best thing he (Jones) does is he listens," said Huggins, who tells his players to be on the opposite side of the ball. "He's done an unbelievable job with his body - he was 215 pounds when he came in here. And he's been blessed with a wonderful pair of hands. Some guys look like seals batting balls around. If it's close, he gets it." 
The Mountaineers' next game will be on Tuesday night at the Charleston Civic Center against Morehead St.

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