MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Truck Bryant, by his own admission, played a role in West Virginia's 70-60 loss to Kent State on Tuesday morning in ESPN's College Hoops Tip-off Marathon.
"I think I played a bad game," said Bryant, after the Mid-American Conference's Golden Flashes ended WVU's school-record 36-game winning streak against non-conference foes at home.
Bryant, who before the game was honored for scoring his 1,000 career point in last season's NCAA Tournament, had 12 points on 4-for-13 shooting and missed all three of his 3-point attempts. He turned the ball over six times and had just one assist and one rebound even though he played all but a few seconds.
After WVU's first Coliseum loss to a team outside the Big East since LSU won here in 2005, Coach Bob Huggins said he thought briefly about taking out Bryant in favor of someone else.
"And put in who?" Huggins said. "You stand there where I stand and look down the bench and you'd probably come to the same conclusion that I did."
That conclusion was not only that Huggins was short on options, but so was Bryant. The Mountaineers (1-1) were undone by the ineffectiveness of their inexperienced players and that sometimes made Bryant look bad before the 5,616 in attendance.
"You can't blame him 100 percent," said forward Deniz Kilicli, who had 11 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and two blocks in a personal-best 36 minutes. "He had no one to pass to. People don't run to the spots and he's not able to pass the ball so he gets caught with the ball."
Kent State, the preseason favorite in the MAC and the only Division I team to return three of its league's individual award winners, trapped Bryant a lot in the game, either on inbound plays or as part of half court defense.
Bryant often looked for relief and never found it and had to act on his own.
"I always try to find open guys, but getting trapped, it's hard if I don't have anybody to pass to and the only thing to do is call a timeout or try to get fouled," he said.
Bryant confessed to mounting frustrations and that it affected his defense.
"I'm a senior on this team and I'm going to have the ball in clutch moments and I've got to take care of the ball," he said. "I'd try to get the ball back and then make a mistake."
Carlton Guyton scored 17 points for Kent State (1-0). Randal Holt made three 3s and added 13 points. Justin Green had 12 points and eight boards and Michael Porrini added 11 points.