"We knew we could go by any of their guards at any time and we did and that helped us get a lot of open shots," Bryant said. "It opened everything up for me.
"When Joe drives like that, it can open everything for me, just like when I drive Joe's going to be open. The two of us in the game at the same time putting pressure on the rim is big."
As WVU's team-wide shooting struggled, the offense put an extra emphasis on getting to the basket, figuring 2-foot shots were easier for the Mountaineers to make than 20-footers. They gave forwards Deniz Kilicli and Kevin Jones 15 total shots against Syracuse, but three went in last Monday.
Mazzulla and Bryant are WVU's best off-the dribble scorers and WVU finished with 20 points in the paint against the Irish - 16 more than against Syracuse.
"When those guys play well, we're a heck of a lot better," Huggins said. "It would be nice if we got everyone better. Then we'd be real good."
An interesting thing happened as Mazzulla and Bryant took down Notre Dame's defense.
Jones finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and was able to float around and freelance for points a lot like he did last year. Jones made two 3-pointers and scored twice on offensive rebounds. He made two threes the previous eight games combined and hadn't made two in a game since the win against then-No. 8 Purdue Jan. 16.
Mazzulla's constant assertion and Bryant's accuracy made things easier on Jones when things hadn't been coming so easily for him.
"I don't know why, but I guess sometimes when somebody is scoring or taking a lot of shots, you're looking at them instead of being aggressive yourself," Jones said. "For the most part (Saturday) everyone was aggressive and I think that's why we weren't going into scoring droughts."
As tough as it had been for WVU to get Mazzulla and Bryant scoring at once, it's been more unusual to have Jones producing with them. Saturday marked just the third time they've all scored in double figures - and the first time since the 68-64 win against Purdue. WVU is 3-0 when its starting guards and best all-around player are in double figures.
"It's not necessarily hard for us," Mazzulla said. "We just didn't force anything. Everything played into itself. I don't think we took too many ill-advised shots (Saturday). The shots the three of took were good shots. If you take good shots, the percentages of making them go up."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.