MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Truck Bryant played one of the best games of his basketball career Sunday, and it came at the end of one of his worst strings at West Virginia.
Kevin Jones was "bad," according to his coach, and didn't look like the player who had come to embody consistency for a team that so often needs just that.
Yet at the end of the day for the Mountaineers, they had won for the first time in more than two weeks and knew that one of their stars did everything they needed and the other was good enough to win with ... which is pretty much exactly the way Jones and Bryant have been throughout the season.
In an 87-84 overtime win at Providence, Bryant and Jones merely switched the roles they normally maintain.
Yet on a day when Bryant scored 32 points and Jones added 20 for his ninth straight 20-point game, six players came off the bench and gave the Mountaineers a total of 13 points.
And WVU (16-8, 6-5 Big East) needed a lot of points to overcome a 15-point deficit and then overtime to win and did so because Deniz Kilicli had a career day.
In a rut not much different from Bryant's, the 6-foot-9 junior from Istanbul, Turkey, scored a career-high 22 points.
"I kind of slowed down a little bit more than what I used to do," he said. "I watched all the tapes to see what I did and if I don't get my feet down, I don't have any power."
As bad as Bryant had been going (12-of-47 from the floor, 7-for-32 from 3-point range the past four games), Kilicli wasn't able to make up the difference. Kilicli averaged 11.3 points per game and made 16-of-38 shots and missed 5 of 7 free throws.
Jones averaged 23 points and 12 boards per game, but slipped Sunday and was 8-for-19 against the Friars.
"It's hard for us to win when K.J. plays as bad as he played," Coach Bob Huggins said.
Kilicli also had career-high totals for made and attempted field goals on a 9-of-15 day and was 4-of-5 at the free throw line.
Providence's two defenders charged with guarding Kilicli in what was mostly a zone defense ended up with seven fouls.
"The whole year this year, even if I didn't score, people couldn't get around me," Kilicli said. "That was one thing we did at the beginning of the year. We learned how to do that and now, if I start to put my scoring with a couple moves, with sealing people, they're not going to be able to get around me,"
Kilicli was just 2-for-4 in the loss against St. John's, but followed that with a 2-for-10 day in a loss to Syracuse. He would have been 3-for-11 had officials called a goaltending in the final seconds that would have tied the score. Two days later, Kilicli was 6-for-13 in a loss to Pitt.