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West Virginia defeats DePaul 92-75 in home finale

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West Virginia defeats DePaul 92-75 in home finale
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Seniors Darryl ''Truck'' Bryant and Kevin Jones closed out their West Virginia home careers in grand style Tuesday night as the Mountaineers dunked DePaul 92-75 while hosting their final Big East game.

Bryant scored 28 points and Jones had 22 points and 16 rebounds. Jabarie Hinds added 14 points for West Virginia (18-12, 8-9), which will leave the Big East for the Big 12 on July 1.

Jones is the Big East's leading scorer and rebounder with one game to go If he finishes the numbers leader in both categories, he will be only the fourth league player to do so, joining St. John's Walter Berry (1985-86) and Notre Dame's Troy Murphy (1999-2000) and Luke Harangody (2007-08).

Jones, who has 1,766 points and 1,007 rebounds, will graduate as the only Mountaineers player since Jerry West to total at least 1,700 points and grab at least 1,000 rebounds in his career.

West Virginia totaled its most points of the season since defeating Alcorn State 97-62 on Nov. 17.

Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young scored 21 apiece for the Blue Demons (11-18, 2-15), who have lost nine straight and 13 of their last 14 games.

Bryant, who has scored 1,545 points in his career, connected on 7 of 13 field goals, 12 of 16 free throws and had four steals. Jones was good on 9 of 17 field goals.

Freshman Keaton Miles had seven rebounds and four assists for West Virginia.

The Mountaineers led by 19 with 12:02 left when DePaul made a big push. The Blue Demons got within 12 points, at 63-51 at the 10:38 mark, but that was the closest they would come.

West Virginia answered with an 13-2 run to assume a 76-53 advantage

A 14-3 run by West Virginia opened up the first half, with the Mountaineers stretching the lead to 17 on a Jones 3-pointer with 8:57 to go.

Using a full-court press, the Blue Demons ran off 10 unanswered points to pull within 27-20 with 6:28 left.

DePaul got it to 33-27 at the 3:52 mark, but West Virginia put on a half-ending explosion to take a 47-31 lead into the locker room.

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