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“He doesn’t surprise me at all,” Jones said. “He’s just playing at such a high level now. He’s just got that confidence going.”

Jones and Bryant combined for 21 of West Virginia’s 29 first-half points, but some of the Mountaineers’ seven freshmen came alive down the stretch. Reserve freshman Gary Browne scored 10 of his 12 points after halftime.

Jones‘ layup broke a 31-31 tie 3 minutes into the second half to give the Mountaineers the lead for good.

Bryant made two free throws to give West Virginia its largest lead at 62-49 with 4:36 remaining.

“I thought he was really good in the second half,” Huggins said. “He forced things in the first half and he’s not good when he forces things. Once he let the game come to him, he played really well. He’s bought into being a leader.”

Georgetown turned up the defensive pressure and scored nine straight points, capped by Otto Porter’s layup following a turnover that trimmed the Hoyas’ deficit to 62-58 with 2:26 left.

Georgetown managed just one field goal the rest of the game. West Virginia, ranked second-worst in the league in free-throw shooting, hit 10 straight in the final two minutes to finish off the Hoyas.