"The last 10 minutes, we kept the ball in Juwan Staten's hands," he said. "That was a great coaching move -- nobody else could hang onto it. But he got other people open."
Staten had six points and an assist and kept WVU out of trouble while giving the Herd problems as the Mountaineers outscored Marshall by 14 points in the final 4:57.
"I told the coaches I felt I could make a lot happen and I felt like I could get to the basket and make things happen," Huggins said. "They trusted me. My teammates trusted me. They put the ball in my hands and I wanted to go out there and make the most out of the opportunity."
Browne was 5-for-5 for 12 points in 27 minutes off the bench. Henderson scored 13 points and Harris added 11, but they were a combined 2-for-10 from the floor. The Mountaineers shot 50 percent in both halves despite missing 11 of 15 3-point attempts and had 10 assists and a season-high 16 turnovers, 10 of which were Marshall steals.
Canty led Marshall (4-6) with 16 points and nine assists in the team's first game without leading scorer Elijah Pittman, who was indefinitely suspended Monday. Pittman, who averages 21.4 points per game, was not with the team Saturday. Thomas and Smith both had 11 points, but they were a combined 6-for-23.
The Herd also shot 10-for-24 at the foul line.
The start was nowhere near as smooth as the finish for the Mountaineers, who trailed at halftime for just the third time all year and had lost the other two times.
Huggins growled at all of his starters at different times in the first half because of their performance and gave everyone on the bench a chance.
A 3 from Smith was Marshall's sixth basket and Smith was the fifth player to score. It was a 13-6 lead, the largest of the half for the Herd, six minutes into the game and WVU had already called a timeout to deal with quickly developing problems.
Dibo gave WVU a spark when he dug out an offensive rebound and found Henderson alone for a 3 to make it 14-11. That started a stretch of four straight made shots for WVU, and Staten's three-point play made it 20-19 with 9:23 to go.
Marshall moved ahead by six points, but Watkins, who had five rebounds in the half, made a short jumper before Harris made his first 3 with 3:25 remaining to make it a 28-27 game. He closed the scoring in the half with two free throws to make it 33-31.
"I guess it was bad, but we were only down two," Harris said. "Both teams played bad. You could put it that way."
Marshall only shot 41 percent in the first half, but took 10 more shots thanks to nine offensive rebounds that led to 13 second-chance points. The Mountaineers shot 50 percent, but missed 7 of 10 3-point attempts and had three offensive rebounds to go with 11 turnovers -- three fewer than the highest total in a game this season.
"Normally, I would go in there and curl the paint on the walls," Huggins said. "I told them, 'You can't play any worse that we did. It's not conceivable. You can't play any worse.'"