MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Though he was part of West Virginia’s first 100-point game in six seasons, guard Eron Harris sounded a lot like his hard-to-please head coach.
“I don’t really care about that—I was more looking at the things we need to fix,” Harris said. “That 100-point thing doesn’t matter.”
After burying Georgia Southern 101-68, Harris questioned whether the Mountaineers played decent defense or benefited from the Eagles’ poor shot selection.
“I think they just had guys that wanted to toss it up there,” Harris said of Georgia Southern’s 27-percent first-half shooting. “Honestly, I don’t think we played near the defense that we need to play. So right now I’m just being really critical of our game.”
In the second half, Georgia Southern made 55 percent from the floor, much to the displeasure of West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, who has urged his team not to lose defensive focus.
“Huggs warned us if we don’t play the second half, we’re going to give them more than 50-percent shooting and we can’t do that,” Harris said. “We have a tendency to a play a worse second half than we do our first. That’s a bad habit we need to fix.
“In the second half we didn’t battle with those guys. We played offense but we didn’t want to play defense. and we’re all guilty of it.”