The loss was the 10th in a row here for WVU (15-7, 5-4 Big East) against the Orange (22-1, 9-1). The Mountaineers won in the Dome in their first opportunity in 1996, but haven't won since and have lost 13 of 14 in the series.
WVU will now work to avoid the first three-game losing streak under Huggins in Monday's home game against Pitt. The Mountaineers lost 78-62 Wednesday at St. John's, though they were far better Saturday.
WVU was either tied or in the lead for all but 1:39 of Saturday's first half after trailing by double digits for most of Wednesday's first half.
"You knew West Virginia was going to come back like this," Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim said. "They've been a good road team the whole year. They whipped Kansas State and they should have beaten Baylor in the tournament. They won by 20 at Rutgers. They just had a bad game the other night. Everyone does that at one time or another in this league. They're tough."
Jones led WVU with 20 points and eight rebounds and Bryant added 12 -- all in the second half, but none in the final 8:12. Browne was scoreless Wednesday, but had 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and no turnovers against Syracyse. Aaron Brown, also scoreless Wednesday, responded with five points off the bench while Hinds added six points and three assists with no turnovers.
Those three were 3-for-16 for six points and eight turnovers Wednesday. They were 7-for-12 with one turnover against Syracuse.
"It was a different game," Browne said. "We came out with our minds set and we listened to what the coaches said. We listened to what they said and we were a better team."
Triche led the Orange with 18 points and Joseph added 13 and seven rebounds. Scoop Jardine had nine points and five assists. Syracuse shot 46 percent in the game even while missing 16 of 20 3-point attempts. The Orange lived on WVU's turnovers and had 22 points off WVU's 17 giveaway.
"One good thing is that we only turned the ball over six times and they turned it over 17," Boeheim said. "We picked up (12) points there, which we had to have or the game would not have been close."
The Mountaineers shot 40 percent in the game and were 13-for-33 in the second half after starting 7-for-10.
"Deniz is 2-for-10 and they're all right around the goal," Huggins said. "You guys watch him. Normally he finishes better than that."
WVU won the rebounding battle 41-20, but also let the Orange do what they do best. They lead the country with 10.3 steals per game and had 11 Saturday and are also No. 1 with a plus-7 turnover margin, which was plus-11 against WVU.
Still, the Mountaineers allowed only 10 fast-break points and never let the game get away from them until it was over. They were also much improved on offense and used a patient, unselfish approach with 16 assists on 22 baskets.
"I know we didn't win, but I like the way we controlled the tempo the whole time," Bryant said. "We controlled the game and didn't just shoot 3s. We got the ball inside and outside. We knew they were a good team in transition and we wanted to keep them from running up and down the floor.
"We did a good job with all that. It sucks we didn't come out with a win, but we did some good things to get better results from now on."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.