January 27, 2012

WVU's Huggins, Jones React to St. John's Win

West Virginia came into the contest understanding what kind of team it was up against. Still, after St. John's dominant 78-62 victory over the Mountaineers on Wednesday, the visiting WVU squad appeared visibly upset and baffled over what happened.

However, when West Virginia tried to explain why the game did not go as planned, both Mountaineers' Bob Huggins and senior forward Kevin Jones mentioned a lack of preparedness.

"We didn't prepare very well," said Huggins. "They do a really good job in their zone . . ."

"We all weren't, as a team, ready for this matchup," Jones added after the game. "I have no idea [why we weren't ready]. Coach warned us all about how good this team is, and don't sleep on them, and they're better than their record shows. So, I don't know what was the case tonight."

St. John's started five freshmen against West Virginia - guards, Phil Greene and D'Angelo Harrison, swingman, Sir'Dominic Pointer, and forwards, Amir Garrett and Moe Harkless. All players etched a mark in this collective win, but it was the 6-foot-8, 208-pound Harkless that got the offense running with his aggression on the inside against the 6-foot-8, 260-pound Jones.

"He's really good . . ." said Huggins of Harkless. "He really intimidates around the basket."

"We just acted like we were really nervous out there," said Jones, "which I don't know why because we played in big arenas before against big competition. So, I don't know why we played like that."

Huggins seemed to acknowledge St. John's potentiality-turned-kinetic in the contest against his Mountaineers, noting what the Johnnies brought to the hardwood that his team did not.

"When you get down by 20, like we did, you have to chase them - that's not a recipe for success," Huggins mentioned. "They had seven guys and all those freshmen, so that shortened the game."

"And they have guys that can beat us off the bounce," added Huggins. "I think Moe did a very good job, but Dom beat us off the bounce; Phil beat us off the bounce; and, D'Angelo Harrison can really shoot it, he beat us off the bounce . . . They're talented."

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