The end was defined by everything before it, though, from the text message Huggins shared with his team before the game to the starting lineup that didn't feature Aaric Murray or Deniz Kilicli. The starts instead went to Noreen, who Huggins might trust more than anyone else on the team, and Dominique Rutledge, who was averaging 18.6 minutes the previous five games and was onto something early before getting two fouls in rapid succession.
At the end, it was Murray with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Kilicli scoring all eight of his points in the final 12:20 of regulation.
"I don't care, man," he said. "I play the game. I'm not into that, 'You're a senior. You've got to start. You've got to play.' I don't believe in that. I play when the opportunity comes."
To complete the rally, WVU needed a 3 from freshman Eron Harris, who minutes earlier missed a simple layup. The 3 came at the end of a possession that featured a series of passes and cuts to get to the destination Huggins let his players determine on the floor.
"It wasn't even a play," Harris said. "That was instinct. I ran the baseline. I saw an opening. They passed it and made one more and then one more and I made the shot. I saw it coming."
The entire second half and overtime was played without point guard Juwan Staten, inarguably the one teammates look to in tight sports. He was unreliable on offense and defense in the first half and Huggins made him pay with playing time.
"It's my team," Huggins said. "It's not his. We talk a lot about being on the same page. I wrote the book. He's going to be on the same page as everyone else or he's going to continue to sit over there."
When Texas tied the game with a 3 in the final seconds of regulation and the Mountaineers couldn't even counter with a desperation heave, it was Staten who fired off his chair and met his teammates as they staggered to the bench.
In overtime, the Mountaineers maneuvered through four straight missed free throws to start and then one possession that lasted 1:47 and featured four missed shots. It was ugly, but it wasn't enough to derail the momentum they take into Saturday's 1:30 p.m. home game against No. 18 Kansas State (12-2, 1-0).
WVU is 0-2 against ranked teams. The Wildcats are No. 39 in the RPI, but the Mountaineers feel better than ever before about getting the first win in six tries against someone in the RPI top 100.
"This is a big one for us," Harris said.
"The idea at West Virginia is rebounding and defense. We played defense and we rebounded better than we have in our entire life. Now you hope you can carry it over to Saturday and to the next game and to the next game."
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