MORGANTOWN - Bob Huggins was quick with the quip Saturday afternoon when someone asked him about his West Virginia basketball team's success against ranked opponents.
"It's great coaching,'' he couldn't help but say, just to raise a few eyebrows and get a laugh from the room.
He was also just as quick, though, to give credit where it was just as rightly due. And so after watching yet another virtuoso performance from a player who has been involved in most of those big wins since Huggins returned to his alma mater, he couldn't hold back his praise for Kevin Jones.
"People need to enjoy watching him because it's been a long time since we've had a guy putting up numbers like that,'' Huggins said. "He doesn't hunt shots. He just plays to win.''
Jones had another of those monster performances - this time 22 points and 16 rebounds - as West Virginia handed No. 9 Georgetown a 74-62 loss in front of a crowd of 10,526 at the Coliseum. It snapped the Hoyas' 11-game win streak, but shouldn't have been all that surprising. The Mountaineers have now won five straight against the Hoyas and Georgetown has been ranked every time.
According to Jones, there's no real secret to WVU's success against the Hoyas. In fact, in a Big East in which so many schools tend to crack the Top 25, games against ranked opponents are looked at not so much as challenges, but opportunities.
"I would like to think we get up for them,'' Jones said. "But the important thing is that it's another resume-builder for us. You take as many of these as you can get.''
For West Virginia (12-4, 3-1 Big East), the win was the 20th against a ranked opponent since Huggins arrived for the 2007-08 season. True, WVU has also lost 28 games against Top 25 teams in that span, but even a 20-28 mark against ranked teams is not too shabby.
Jones wasn't the only one who came up big, of course. Truck Bryant, he of the feast-or-famine performances, had a bit of both in just one afternoon Saturday. After struggling in the first half, he scored 19 of his 25 points in the second as the Mountaineers pulled away from the Hoyas after leading by slim margins most of the day.
West Virginia also shot 50 percent from the floor and held Georgetown (13-2, 3-1), one of the Big East's best-shooting teams, to just 40.4 percent and 2-for-14 from 3-point range.