That was on his mind as he made the long walk to the foul line and tried to block out the hysteria expressed by remained of 15,032 inside the Coliseum.
"All I was thinking was we lost the game at Louisville because I missed two foul shots,'' said Bryant, who's become the team's closer at the free-throw line, where he shoots 81.8 percent. "I wasn't going to miss them again.''
Prior to his heroics, though, there was Mitchell, whose shot eluded him all day. His 3s chased some bad memories, too. Mitchell's three-game suspension began Jan. 26.
"It was so painful to watch them play," Mitchell remembered. "I was sitting at home watching it and to see them lose at the end when I wasn't there to help them made me feel real bad inside."
Mitchell was watching again Saturday as he was unable to contribute anything on offense for most of the game. His first two points came on free throws with 6:00 to play. He made a tough baseline jumper three possessions later and ended up scoring 10 of the team's final 16 points.
He picked the proper time. His first 3 with 18 seconds to go made it 69-67 and Mazzulla fouled out on the inbound when he sent Louisville's Peyton Siva to the line.
"I was praying he'd miss one," Mitchell said. "I just wanted one chance."
Siva did indeed go 1-for-2 and Mitchell shot over Siva to tie the score. He'd only made three 3s the previous two games and was 7-for-17 in the four games that followed his 7-for-12 game at Syracuse.
"This is a good win for us and we're going into the Big East Tournament with a lot of momentum," said forward Kevin Jones. "We've had a lot of games that came down to the last seconds and we see now it's when we execute and when we do things right at the end that we're successful."
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Jones finished with career-high totals of 25 points and 16 rebounds. The last player to finish with at least 25 and 15 was Chris Moss, who had 29 and 16 in a double overtime win against Villanova in 2001. Jones finished with 11 offensive rebounds, the most since Paul Witting had 14 in 1953.
Jones was named honorable mention all-Big East Sunday. He's averaging 14.1 points and 7.4 rebounds. Jones averaged 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds as a sophomore last year and was named first-team all-conference on October's preseason list.
"It was a bit of a burden living up to those expectations, but I put a lot of pressure on myself," he said. "Now I feel better knowing all I've got to do is go out and play the way I know how to play."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.