Then there was the play that sent WVU coach Bob Huggins over the edge. After Deniz Kilicli converted a hook shot in overtime, making the score 77-74, UC's Sean Kilpatrick missed a trey. The Mountaineers got on a fast break - with Bryant in control.
As you might have guessed, he went out of control. Attempting to score, Bryant ran into Wright and turned the ball over. The Bearcats had another shot with 13.6 seconds left. Huggins went nuts.
"He was like, 'Just bring it out. You should just bring it out,' " Bryant said. "At the end of the day, though, we were up three and there was still 13 seconds left. A lot can happen in 13 seconds. I was trying to get a goal."
It says something, though, that Bryant's team and Huggins still had confidence in the guard. Up 73-72 in overtime, Huggins went to Bryant. He missed from the right corner. Still ...
"I couldn't throw the ball in the ocean, but they still trusted me to make the big shot when it counted," Bryant said.
Some of the freshmen were even going to the senior to lift his spirits.
"We kept talking to him," said Hinds. "He was down a little bit, but we told him he'd come back. I remember telling him once when we reversed the ball on a zone. I told him to keep shooting if he's open."
"I just told him, 'I'm here for you,' " said WVU's Kevin Jones, who seems to always be there for his team. "I told him, 'I've got your back. Just keep on playing.' "
Once, though, Bryant's teammate did him a disservice. When it seemed the guard finally got it going, when a shot bounced around on the rim and was set to go in, Kilicli came soaring in and dunked the ball. Above cylinder. The shot was waved off.
"That was it right there," Bryant said with a head shake. "I was done after that. I was like, 'Oh, my God. I just need to play defense and stay out of their way on offense.' I finally got a shot to go in and Turk tried to dunk it."
Bryant said the win - especially with his shooting troubles - was a big deal for the Mountaineers.
"It was huge," said the guard. "And it wasn't just jump shots. I wasn't making shots at all. And for me to play so bad and we still win, that shows the character of our team."
Bryant, it must be noted, stayed afterward and answered all questions. So you wonder what it's like to be on such a big stage and have a storm cloud chasing and giving you noogies? The guard showed class and answered.
"It's just a struggle," Bryant said. "When you're struggling like I was tonight, you just want to see one ball go in. That's the only thing you want to see. That would make you feel a lot better. I hit a free throw. Was just praying.
"It was a struggle. I'm just happy my teammates stepped up in clutch situations and won the game."
How much of a struggle? Well, WVU finished the victory with a 43.7 shooting percentage. If you subtract Bryant's effort, it's 52.7 percent.
"I don't know," Bryant said. "When it goes like that, nothing can go right. Nothing."
Perhaps that's why Huggins won't dwell on Bryant's day.
"I'll tell him to take the rest of the day off and take [today] off," Huggins said. "Come shoot some free throws if he wants. Don't get a workout in.
"He and [Jones] play a lot of minutes and they really need to take a little bit of time off. We'll get them back in on Monday and get them shots. It's hard to make shots when you don't have legs. K.J. said he was tired yesterday."
Maybe time off will help Bryant.
"I had a day like this," he said. "I don't want to have another."
Enough mayhem for one season.
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