MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — His frustrating individual performance would have been more easily digested had West Virginia held on for the upset against No. 11 Oklahoma State. But when the Cowboys rallied for a 73-72 victory, Eron Harris felt the weight of the loss.
Harris scored only 11 points—more than seven below his team-leading average—and finished with the same number of turnovers (three) as field goals. He was 1-of-6 from 3-point range in 28 mostly ineffective minutes.
“I’m really down on myself because I feel like I could have helped the team a little bit more today,” he said. “I made a few mental mistakes and I wasn’t knocking down my shots like I usually do.”
Coach Bob Huggins didn’t delve too deeply into Harris’ performance, which included a few forced shots: “He didn’t play very well. What do you want me to tell you?”
The sophomore guard sensed he was trying to do too much at times, resulting in mistakes of over-agression.
“I did the worst thing I could do—get down on myself,” Harris said. “I tried to force a couple plays and caused turnovers.”
Even though WVU fell to 0-5 against teams with an RPI of 103 or higher, the Mountaineers have had chances to win all those games in the final minutes. And against OSU, that chance boiled down to the final seconds.
“The game was right there for us,” Harris said. “Think about what they did: They hit the shot to win the game, and we missed the shot to win the game. That’s it.”