Morgantown, West Virginia – Following West Virginia’s impressive comeback victory over the Clemson Tigers, Bob Huggins sounded relieved and perhaps even happy with his team’s performance.
“That was my team out there in the second half,” Huggins said. “I don’t know who those guys were the other night, but that was my team out there tonight.”
The Mountaineers showed incredible heart and grit in coming back from down nine points in the second half to win a really big game against a very tough Clemson team. Now, after winning the 3rd place game in the Charleston Classic, West Virginia has five straight home games and can get back on track to a successful season after falling against Marquette in the second round of the tournament.
“I think we can go out and win the next five games now and get ranked again and get some national recognition.”
When asked what a comeback win like this does for his team’s confidence, Huggins said the following: “This game really helps our confidence. I think more than anything is that they were as disappointed as anyone else the other night. They knew they didn’t do what Mountaineer Nation expects from them.
We’re a state that thrives on work and people in this state pride themselves on working hard. Like I told the guys the other night, we’re an embarrassment. Tonight, we came out and played.”
Huggins, who has been very critical of his team’s performance so far this season, was clearly proud of the way his guys played and the tremendous heart they showed tonight.
The Mountaineers will now return home for five consecutive games inside the WVU Coliseum against Eastern Kentucky, Bellarmine, Radford, #23 Connecticut and Kent State. West Virginia will not play another road game until December 18th, when they travel to play the University of Alabama Birmingham.