MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — As bad as 80-69 looked at the end of Monday night’s loss to Texas, the gap was much wider throughout most of the second half when the Longhorns threatened to outright embarrass West Virginia on its home court.

And as disappointed as Bob Huggins was to see his team undercut a 2-0 Big 12 road start with an 0-2 homestand, he took at least a smidgen of consolation from the way his players continued scrapping after falling behind by 21 points.

“They didn’t quit. That in itself is a start,” Huggins said. “They’re going to keep playing. They’re not going to lay it down, and it would have been easy to the way that we shot it.

“We played until the end. We tried to get back in the game, and if we could have made a shot we could have got back in the game.”

After entering the night as the nation’s 35th-ranked 3-point shooting team at 39.7 percent, West Virginia (10-7, 2-2 Big 12) clanked through a season-worst 4-of-25 performance. With Eron Harris going 0-of-7 and Terry Henderson 1-of-6, the Mountaineers looked futile against the Texas zone defense.

Huggins suspected the cold shooting led to other mistakes.

“You go 4-for-25, it drains your energy,” Huggins said. “You don’t make shots, you put your head down. You make shots, you play harder.”

Though both teams were only 48 hours removed from playing close games, Texas (13-4, 2-2) certainly looked fresher. Perhaps that was a by-product of UT using Sunday purely as a travel day while West Virginia practiced, but Huggins dismissed the assertion.

“We didn’t go very long yesterday,” he said. “We were here, but you watch a lot of film, you walk through stuff. I would venture to say (the players) weren’t on their feet more than an hour.”

Watch Huggins’ complete postgame news conference above.

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Comments

  • nashville cat

    in time , we will get better,,, i m surprised that more players don't use the practice facility more

  • tw eagle

    if Texas hadn't "easedup" they could have embarrassed the Mounties by 20+ points . . .

  • pghmountaineer

    There are a number of problems with this team that I think over time can improve. However, on average, we get very little production from our big guys and no matter how you slice it, you can't go through an entire season depending on 2 players to score the vast majority of the points and expect to win alot of games. No way, no how!

  • Wes Whited

    We have an iconic coach who is both a native and alumnus. We have an athletic director who has a vision for both our student athletes and our fanbase. We are investing in our infrastructure and upgrading our facilities. We just, for the first time in school history, joined a truly National Conference.

    WVU has never been in a better place. We, as a fan and alumi base, must start thinking of our self as having a strong national presence, even if our current presence is a doormat....

    • wvrefugee

      You sir are blinded by the rhetoric!

  • WVU 1964

    Negative talk don't get you very far. Got to accept things as it is and when it happens. The team played their hearts out, for what reason who knows they just did not make the shots. If the ball went through the hoop it would have been a WVU blow out, the shots was there just didn't go in. Wasn't in the cards.

  • BigMo

    Huggs is washed up has been. He has not been able to win since Johnny B's boys left the program.
    He looks like hell every game with that pup tent pulled over his head and suffering from a hang over. The program reflects the head coach..end of story.

  • TIRED OF BS

    wv refugee, that was a stupid statement and how can you call yourself a WVU fan when every post you have is ragging them.
    go put your green marshall panties back on and root for Coach Herron for a while

    • wvrefugee

      Not so! I love the kids on this team! They stop by our tailgate each week! I'm against a lazy staff of overpaid coaches that consistently berate student athletes and an a soccer general manager playing athletics director!! Review the posts!

  • 4WVUinKY

    Coach Huggins...we don't know each other and I am quite certain you have better things to do with your time than to review this posting site, but...please, just once, would you tell us how much you love these guys? Cheer up! Give us loyal WVU fans something to believe in "you" about. The negativity is not getting it done. I'm not asking you to pretend...I'm asking you to show us that "you" "believe" in this team. It's your team. You recruited them so step up and take some responsibility. Comparing this group to players from the past is not a sound management/coaching strategy. All/many young men dream of making it to the professional level. Once a professional, a player does not have to balance attending classes (which the purest would say is the reason they are in school to begin with) and making practice every day. Nothing good, that I can see, comes from tearing down your team. Suggestion...have one of your assistants do the post-game conference.

    I love this team and I love this university. I'm not naive nor easily fooled. Do we need work? Absolutely! All teams do. I encourage you to build up rather than tear down the young men who are helping you make a living for you and your family.

    It is an absolutely awesome day to be a Mountaineer fan...once, always, and wherever!

    • dan

      WVU spends alot of money to bring these kids here and pay there way through college and they need to be held accountable and Huggins does just that and that is the way it should be . stop your complaining and things will get better

      • 4WVUinKY

        Your reply makes no sense. How does any coach hold his players accountable by continuing to throw them under the bus during every post-game conference? Holding players accountable privately is one thing...doing it consistently in a public forum adds no value and demoralizes the entire team. Re-read my post and you'll sense that I am not only a WVU grad but a lifelong fan. My granddad would rise up and kick my backside if he learned otherwise.

        It is an absolutely awesome day to be a Mountaineer fan...once, always, and wherever!

        • Alum

          Excuse me. Where did he throw them under the bus? The comments throughout this year have not been anything like last year. Huggs is Huggs; he calls it like he sees it. He always has and he always will.

          This team works hard and Coach said that, or need you not read that. He said they didn't quit, or did you not read that.

          Please take a reading and/or listening comprehension course and stop cherry-picking so you can criticize the Coach.

          • 4WVUinKY

            Alum...many times during his post-game comments Coach Huggins noted "we have suffered inside for 17 games. We don't have anybody in there who can score" - "We don't guard" - "We don't rebound" - "They don't kill themselves during their own work-out drills" - etc, etc.

            A couple of things regarding your reply:
            1. Just because someone "calls it like they see it" doesn't mean they are right.
            2. "This team works hard and Coach said that, or need you not read that. He said they didn't quit, or did you not read that." First off, neither sentence needs the comma where you placed them. Second, take a hard look at your first sentence...makes a lot of sense doesn't it? "or need you not read that"...really? Thirdly, I didn't read anything. What I watched was a video of the post-game conference so again, you are incorrect. Lastly, I would suggest that you take your own advice...you are in need of a reading and/or listening comprehension course yourself. I would also suggest a writing and grammar class. Go forth and conquer my friend.

  • shawn

    Everybody needs to relax. These kids are very good but are very young. You had Williams battling the flu yesterday, Eron Harris is way off right now and we actually ran into a buzz saw. It happens to teams at some point in the season. This team is heading in the right direction but you need to be patient. Huggs is right, they played down to the last second and that is a lot better than last years team.

  • The Wisetalker

    Please don't worry...

    Huggins will "fix it"...

  • ShinnstonGuy

    Sad to say, but WVU isn't going to get the recruits in the Big XII. Think about it. In the Big East, you could recruit from the New York metro area because those kids knew their families and friends could see them play during road games at Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, etc. Now your road games are really "fly away" games over 1,000 miles away. No great players from Big XII country are going to come all the way to WV. These are kids and won't enjoy being that far from Mom and Dad. No one from New York is going to come here either, because their families will never see them play again. Changing conferences has done nothing for our men's basketball program, and I fear the current level is where we will be for some time.

  • wvrefugee

    Anyone figure out why Huggins had the band aid on his chin tonite?? Fall down while drunk again OR did one of his players hit him in practice like they did at Cincy??

    • Greg

      Maybe he cut himself shaving? Who cares? The most important thing is that he wears a blue and gold wind shirt. Isn't that right?

    • dan

      stupid comment

    • rlniland

      ....and that has what to do with the basketball game? Unemployed comedians, smh.

      • wvrefugee

        Has everything to do with it! The games are a result of the lack of effort and attention paid by this coaching staff! Not only Huggins, that bench looks like the land of misfit coaches! I had hoped things would improve, the players sure did change BUT those calling the shots sure have not!

    • WVAtty

      You're an idiot.

      • wvrefugee

        Is that Latin for genius Mr. Esquire???