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By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
March 03, 2012 08:13 PM
|Kevin Jones scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on Saturday at USF.
West Virginia got its 22nd and final Big East road victory under Bob Huggins on Saturday at South Florida. Huggs has collected the most Big East road wins of any WVU coach, surpassing the 17 Gale Catlett had from 1996-2002 and the 13 John Beilein produced from 2003-2007.
Huggins has also accumulated a 54-36 record in Big East play heading into next week’s tournament.
More fallout from West Virginia’s important road victory Saturday in Tampa:
- Today’s victory at USF, coupled with DePaul’s win over Seton Hall, gives the Mountaineers the No. 8 seed for the Big East tournament. West Virginia will play on Wednesday at noon on ESPN. Before tonight’s Seton Hall-DePaul game, the top seven seeds for the tournament were already locked in:
3. Notre Dame
As well as the bottom four seeds:
Complete tournament pairings will be announced by the Big East following tonight’s Rutgers-St. John’s game.
- The Mountaineers have won 56 of their last 65 games when holding teams to fewer than 69 points and are 97-17 under Huggins when leading at halftime.
- West Virginia was able to retake the lead late in the second half after seeing the Bulls get a four-point advantage early in the second half and USF leading by three with 3:49 remaining in the game. In three of West Virginia’s last four losses to Marquette, Louisville and Notre Dame, the Mountaineers were unable to hold on to second half leads.
- Did you realize that 61 of Bob Huggins’ 120 victories at WVU have come away from the WVU Coliseum? Huggs is now 120-54 in his fifth year at West Virginia is looking to become the first coach since Fred Schaus to lead Mountaineer teams to five straight NCAA tournament trips.
- Kevin Jones moved past Willie Bergines into fourth place on the school’s all-time rebounding list with 1,034. Jones needs 27 to pass Warren Baker for third on the list with 1,070. Ahead of those two are Jerry West (1,240) and Lloyd Sharrar (1,178).
- Truck Bryant moved past Greg Jones into third place in career free throws made with 470. West (623) and Hot Rod Hundley (610) are one and two in that category.
Also, Truck jumped two spots on the WVU career scoring chart into 14th place with his 16-point effort today. The senior now shows 1,561 points and needs 46 more to pass Damian Owens for the No. 13 spot. Bryant can become only the third player in school history to score more than 1,500 points and hand out more than 400 assists – the other two are Ron “Fritz” Williams and Greg Jones.
- Finally, Kevin Jones is now one basket shy of surpassing Rod Thorn for sixth place in career scoring with 1,785 career points. Jones also needs 14 points to pass Greg Jones to move into the top five in career scoring.