MORGANTOWN - Bob Huggins, after more than three decades as a head or assistant college basketball coach, said his current team "does things that I've never seen before."
He usually means that somewhat wryly and derisively.
On Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum, the veteran coach saw some things no one had seen before from his team -- but in a very positive fashion the coach had to appreciate.
Getting a career scoring high from senior Cam Thoroughman and a career rebounding best from senior John Flowers, West Virginia outlasted a gritty Cleveland State, 74-63, before a crowd of 11,235.
In reducing the number of unbeatens in major college basketball, WVU took what the Vikings (12-1) gave them. Thoroughman, the graduate student from Portsmouth, Ohio, led a bunch off the bench that made a difference for WVU (8-2).
After playing a career-high 34 minutes in a nailbiter win over Duquesne last Sunday, Throughman played 33 minutes -- including the entire second half. He not only scored nine points -- his high in a WVU uniform -- but also had a career-high seven assists, and matched a personal season best with six rebounds.
He also didn't have any of WVU's 10 turnovers (matching the Mountaineers' best this season) - a statistic Huggins said was key to putting away the Horizon League visitors.
"After being here four years, I think I know what I'm doing most of the time," the 6-foot-7 Thoroughman said. "And here lately I'm doing the right things, I guess, so I keep playing.