Feb. 22, 2014
BAYLOR (18-9, 6-8) 88, West Virginia (15-12, 7-7) 75
Saturday, February 22, 2014
WVU Coliseum; Morgantown, W.Va.
BAYLOR POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Scott Drew
I was very proud of our effort today. (West Virginia head coach) Bob Huggins and his staff do a phenomenal job of forcing turnovers. Last time we played they had 18 points off of our turnovers. Today we only turned it over four times. Ironically every time we turned it over they scored. Thank goodness we did not turn it over more. We really took good care of the basketball tonight. (Baylor University junior forward) Royce O'Neale played his best game. He went eight-for-eight without any missed free throws. Those points were huge. He also played great defense. (West Virginia sophomore guard) Eron Harris is a heck of a player. O'Neale did a good job at trying to slow him down, even though he was still six-for-nine from three with 32 points. Overall it was a big win and I am very pleased with our team's performance. Defensively we were much better in the second half. We are starting to play better basketball. Now we just need to keep going because the Big 12 is a grind.
On expecting Royce O'Neale's performance:
You always try to see the best in your players, but you know they normally are not going to go eight-for-eight and perfect from both the three and free point line.
On impact of Baylor's shot blocking:
(Baylor University sophomore center) Isaiah Austin's seven blocks and (Baylor University senior forward) Cory Jefferson's two really allowed us to stay attached to the shooters on the perimeter. That was really critical because if we did not have those blocks West Virginian would have had points inside. When that happens defensively you have to collapse more, which then opens the door for more three-pointers. (West Virginia junior guard) Juwan Staten is having an unbelievable year and it takes two guys to guard him. It takes a team every possession anyways.
WEST VIRGINIA POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Bob Huggins
On second-half shooting:
They made it harder for (sophomore guard) Eron (Harris) the second half. They didn't let a bunch of our guys through, and we just missed shots. It's tough to get to the basket when they do what they did. The frustrating thing isn't that we didn't make shots, it was that they scored every time they went down the floor.
On commitment of the team:
We had a week between games. I talked to them about our commitment to excellence. I said this last week, and I don't want people to take it the wrong way, but we're never going to have the five most-talented players in the country here. Most people will never have that. That doesn't mean we can't have the five guys that play the best. That takes commitment on their part.