Two out of three games so far in the season, the Mountaineers have reached 100 points and won by a 40 point margin.
Part of their success can be contributed to junior forward, Devin Williams. For the second season in a row, Williams has posted double-doubles in the first three games. Friday evening against Stetson, he scored 23 points and tallied 10 rebounds. He has proved his toughness and attention to the game.
With 4:38 in the second half, head coach Bob Huggins pulled Williams from the game; however, he only had nine rebounds and he knew it.
“I did kinda say something to him,” Williams said when Huggins took him out of the game.
“I kinda let it go, but I know I played pretty well. He wanted to kinda get other guys in I could see. So I just went with the flow and took what I got when I was out there.”
Elijah Macon was happy to come out of the game so Williams could get the 10th rebound.
“They told me they were bringing me out of the game to get his double double, and I was like alright that’s cool, I’ll let him get it. He was kinda mad he had nine and they were going to take him out of the game so I was letting him get it.”
Since Huggins gave him the opportunity to get his 10th rebound, Williams did not want to mess it up.
“He gave me the opportunity to go back out there and get it and I knew I couldn’t mess up and not get the rebound. I didn’t even know I was going to run into a shot. I just wanted a rebound, but I ended up getting two more points and a rebound so it worked out well.”
Despite getting the double-double, Huggins told him he should have had it before.
“But at the same time you sit there and you think that’s a nice thing for him so its good for him to go get that rebound,” said Huggins.
Huggins had many positive things to say about Williams.
“The thing about Devin is, Devin works,” said coach Huggins. “Devin probably stayed an hour and twenty minutes to an hour and a half on Wednesday after practice. We shot at two, and I came in about 1:15 pm and he was soaking wet. He had the managers down there hitting him with a pass trying to finish around the rim, and he had already got shots in. He was getting ready to get free throws in before we went to our hour long shoot around, and so you watch that day after day and you say if there’s anyone who deserves it, it’s him.”
Williams will look for his fourth double-double in game two of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational at the Coliseum Monday night. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. against Bethune-Cookman and will be televised on ROOT sports.