A man who could help spark WVU defensively did so on Saturday. And Jones pointed to him in post-game interviews, when asked the difference between losses to ranked teams Baylor and Mississippi State and this win over Georgetown.
"Just Dom [Rutledge] coming in and giving us that energy," Jones said. "Kevin Noreen and those guys who normally don't make that much of a contribution. We need those guys. We really need those guys more and more going into the Big East."
The stat sheet didn't show much for Rutledge, WVU's 6-foot-8, 240-pound junior. Hasn't all year. In 11 games before Saturday, he averaged one point and one rebound and 3.3 minutes of action. On Saturday, he had a bucket, made 1-of-4 free throws, had a couple of rebounds, an assist, turnover and steal.
He did more nice things, though. He drew an offensive foul on Georgetown starting guard Jason Clark. His steal led to a fast break and two Bryant free throws. Then he fouled out starting Hoya center Henry Sims with 3:35 left in the game.
"He could help this team a lot," Jones said of Rutledge. "He's very athletic. He can block shots. He can get rebounds. He can score inside. It's just a matter of him getting comfortable. He's really just started playing."
"This is hard for Dom because Dom didn't play in high school," Huggins said. "He took the scenic route in junior college from Kansas to Miami to West Texas, so he doesn't have the background that some of our other guys have.
"He gives us a shot of athleticism. He was really into playing today. We just need to get him into practicing like he was into playing today. Then we might have something."
"K.J. and Truck get a lot of attention," Rutledge said. "Coming off the bench, nobody is really expecting me to do as well as I do sometimes. A lot of it goes to these guys. I just try to listen to my coaches, do what I'm told and things work out."
Things are certainly working out for the Mountaineer team. And, yes, beating a No. 9 Georgetown team is still a thrill for WVU - at least among the players.
"It still feels special, because of this team and everything we've been through so far this year," Jones said. "Plus, we had that [67-48] loss at Seton Hall. Bouncing back from that for two straight wins, it definitely means a lot to us. We just celebrated. Now, it's get back to work tomorrow."
Time to try and pad that resume again.
"We think about it," Jones admitted. "We take it one step at a time, though. We look at our opponent and what we need to do to get the RPI where it needs to be. This definitely was a great resume-builder for March. Like I said, we enjoy today, but we have another one to get Monday at UConn."
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