MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- John Flowers had just tasted his own medicine.
A short shot he hoped would be an easy basket was instead smacked out of bounds by Rutgers guard Mike Coburn, who is 7 inches the junior of West Virginia's 6-foot-7 shot-blocking Flowers.
The dead ball led to a timeout, and the Mountaineers were left to their own designs in the huddle to create another shot under the basket, which is a skill at which they're particularly good ... and have been good at for as long as Bob Huggins has been their coach.
So when play resumed at the RAC, guard Truck Bryant stood under the basket and smacked the ball and cued his teammates to start a play. Flowers, as he often does, weaved through some unsuspecting defenders and caught a pass from Bryant near the rim again.
And it was blocked again, this time by Dane Miller, who is Flowers' vertical equal. It was an illustration of just how difficult scoring has become for WVU these days.
Flowers is generally pretty good around the basket and this season shoots 56 percent when he's not shooting threes. Yet he couldn't put it in on two close looks on a Sunday where the Big East's second-best shot blocker blocked none.
But, hey, no matter because the ball went out of bounds again and WVU is really good at these out-of-bounds plays. The Mountaineers quickly gathered themselves and Bryant readied a pass and Flowers made his move.
Bryant instead zipped a pass to the left and past Rutgers' Jonathan Mitchell, who was worried about Flowers and lost track of Kevin Jones ... who was wide open in the corner for a 3-pointer, and a four-point lead late in the first half.
"Truck saw me the whole time and he saw Jonathan Mitchell had his back to me and wasn't paying attention to me," Jones said. "I snuck down to the corner out of his line of vision and Truck saw it happening the whole time."
That was one of four baskets WVU scored on inbound plays under the basket. The four plays were good for 10 points in a game the Mountaineers won 65-54. And to be fair to Flowers, he'd free himself later in the game for a layup and a free throw.
Watch WVU enough this season, or in the past when the team could do similar things with Darris Nichols and Joe Alexander or Devin Ebanks and Da'Sean Butler, and you'd get the idea the team works on this a lot.
In truth, the Mountaineers (18-10, 9-7 Big East) work on them "not very much," according to Huggins. They'll spend very little time on them before Wednesday's 7 p.m. game against No. 16 Connecticut (21-7, 9-7).
"The funny thing is that now that I think about it, we actually never work on inbound plays," Bryant said.
"We might do it one time in practice, but we really don't work on them. We do always score on them, though."
Much like they do in their halfcourt offense, the Mountaineers don't really call a lot of inbound plays.