Bryant and Jones end home careers

West Virginia rips DePaul as seniors go out in style
February 29, 2012 12:00 am
  • West Virginia's Deniz Kilicli, right, tries to strip the ball from DePaul's Charles McKinney in the first half Tuesday in Morgantown, W.Va.
    West Virginia's Deniz Kilicli, right, tries to strip the ball from DePaul's Charles McKinney in the first half Tuesday in Morgantown, W.Va.
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Seniors Darryl "Truck" Bryant and Kevin Jones closed out their West Virginia home careers in grand style Tuesday night as the Mountaineers dunked DePaul, 92-75, while playing host to their final Big East Conference game at WVU Coliseum at Morgantown, W.Va.

Bryant scored 28 points and Jones had 22 points and 16 rebounds. Jabarie Hinds added 14 points for West Virginia (18-12, 8-9), which will leave the Big East July 1 for the Big 12.

Jones is the Big East's leading scorer and rebounder with one game left. If he finishes the numbers leader in both categories, he will be only the fourth league player to do so, joining Walter Berry (1985-86) of St. John's and Notre Dame's Troy Murphy (1999-2000) and Luke Harangody (2007-08).

West Virginia totaled its most points since defeating Alcorn State in November, 97-62.

Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young scored 21 apiece for the Blue Demons (11-18, 2-15), who have lost nine in a row.

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First Published 2012-02-28 23:12:02

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