Just about everything went KSU's way in front of a crowd that's helped the Wildcats to a 14-1 home record this season. They made 3-pointers and short jumpers and tricky layups that spun high off the glass and through the basket even while being fouled.
"We were running around and somebody would jump on the ball and the ball would get away and then somebody else would jump on the ball and they'd get the ball," WVU's Deniz Kilicli said. "That happens so much to us, plays where four of us jump to get a ball and the ball gets out to somebody else and they dunk it."
Kilicli had established himself as WVU's difference-maker on offense during WVU's brief revival and looked to be up to the same early Monday, but went to the bench with two fouls after 7:15. The Mountaineers were down 16-4 when he went to the bench, would trail by 19 points in the half and were down by 15 at halftime.
Kilicli played all 20 minutes in the second half and had 14 of his team-high 16 points.
"I could have helped the team in the first half," he said. "The way I played in the second half, if I played that way in the first half I think it could have been a closer game."
WVU actually got closer in the second half before showing cracks. Huggins got a technical foul at the 16:25 mark and two free throws put the Mountaineers down 21 points. WVU scored seven unanswered to get within 14 points and the margin was that way again four minutes later.
Yet that was when freshman Eron Harris, who lasted five minutes in the first half before getting two fouls and then just 72 seconds of the second half before his third foul, picked up a personal foul and a technical foul for knocking KSU's Will Spradling to the floor.
Harris, WVU's best scorer over the past month, had fouled out. Spradling made the four free throws and a subsequent three-point play gave the Wildcats a 21-point lead.
"Spradling, that's how he plays," Kilicli said. "He flops most of the time. He gets under bigs. He does a good job. I'm not saying this in a negative way. He makes those plays and Eron is a freshman."
WVU never made another run after that until it was down 20 points with 3:25 to go and scored the game's final 10 points.
"You know how I am," Kilicli said. "I know most of the time how the team feels and what everyone feels. But I don't know now. It's hard to explain and I don't know what guys were thinking (Monday)."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymaill.com/wvu.