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November 24, 2011

Williamson gets his shot in win

CHARLESTON — The Charleston Civic Center crowd was waiting for something, anything, exciting to happen in West Virginia’s thorough dismantling of Morehead State on Tuesday, and then Paul Williamson got into the game for the Mountaineers.

Williamson, a walk-on freshman who was a Mountain State prep star at Logan, came in to a loud ovation from the Civic Center crowd and promptly gave them more to cheer about.

As soon as he touched the ball people in the crowd could be heard screaming for him to shoot, and when Williamson’s first attempt from three found the bottom of the bucket the crowd went wild. When he hoisted his second attempt from beyond the arc, this one from the corner in front of the pep band, the shot looked to be short coming out of his hands.

But, just like the first one, Williamson’s second shot found the inside of the net.

If the crowd at the Civic Center was at its loudest when the former Logan Wildcat made his first shot, it might have been as loud as any Mountaineer crowd has been this season when his second went through.

“Yeah, I heard them,” Williamson said. “They were a little excited, I think. I’m excited to be back in Charleston and back around my home area.”

Williamson, the only player from West Virginia on the Mountaineers’ roster, said he had played approximately a dozen high school games at the Civic Center, including a win in the 2010 Class AAA state championship game against Wheeling Park. Despite just being a few hours from his hometown of Harts while at school in Morgantown, Williamson said the opportunity to get to play in Charleston in front of so many family members and close friends was one he would cherish.

“I was sitting there before the game, shooting around, just thinking of all the memories I made in high school,” he said. “I was lucky enough to win a state championship and play against some great teams and have that place completely packed out. It was a great feeling.

“It’s truly a blessing to be from West Virginia.”

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