"Every game now I have a big guy guarding me," Bryant said. "When he's 6-8, 6-9 guarding me, it's hard to get a shot off."
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THE LOSS was WVU's last as a Big East member and at the conference tournament. The Mountaineers, who join the Big 12 Conference on July 1, finished 12-15 all time here and with back-to-back losses after winning the 2010 championship.
"I'm going to miss them greatly," Huskies Coach Jim Calhoun said. "I'm going to miss Bobby, going to miss the competitiveness. That's the kind of game you play against them and he's on his way to being a Hall of Fame coach.
"I don't think this league needs to be losing Hall of Fame coaches. I know it's not basketball-driven, but I'm going to miss them a great deal.
"I think West Virginia has been a great addition to this league, and from Jerry West to all the other great things that have happened, we're going to miss them a great deal. They run a tremendous program, and my good friend John Beilein was there before and now Bobby, I'm going to miss them personally. It's a place I like going to. It was tough. Yes, I'm going to miss them a great deal."
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WVU FORWARD Dominique Rutledge played arguably his best game of the season, his first with the Mountaineers after transferring from Western Texas College.
Jumping, rebounding, dribbling and even spinning, Rutledge scored six points - a dunk, a swift post move and a put-back basket - grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and handed out three assists.
He was nevertheless miffed about a missed chance late in regulation. With the score tied 65-65 with 1:11 left, Rutledge pump-faked and drove past his defender, but got caught under the basket, paused long enough to let the defense swarm and ended up having the shot blocked.
"When I drove the baseline, I expected Truck to be open when I reverse-pivoted," he said.
"By the time I reverse-pivoted and looked, there was help (defense) and I couldn't get the ball out. I was trapped."
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