The Golden Flashes trailed 33-28 at the half, but took control with 11 consecutive points in a 19-5 run to take a 55-45 lead. They made 18 of 31 shots (58.1 percent) in the second half.
"I told them at halftime they were going to come out and really compete," Huggins said. "They made a run in the NIT a year ago with second-half comebacks. We let them right back into the game."
Kevin Jones had 15 points and 18 rebounds for WVU, which committed 17 turnovers and missed 12 of 28 free-throw attempts and 10 of 12 3-point attempts.
Huggins played all six freshmen. Jabarie Hinds had 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting and added three assists and three steals in 30 minutes.
Aaron Brown had seven points early, but missed his last five shots.
WVU forward Keaton Miles started and didn't score in 14 minutes.
Pat Forsythe and Tommie McCune were scoreless off the bench and backup point guard Gary Browne, who had nine points and six assists in Friday's win against Oral Roberts, had two points and two assists and tried just one shot in 18 minutes.
"As good as Gary Browne was against Oral Roberts, he wasn't (Tuesday)," Huggins said. "You can say, 'Well, he's a freshman,' but I said to them, 'Are you freshmen or are you players?' We played Truck, Kev and Devin (Ebanks) and they were players. Nobody said, 'Oh, they're freshmen.'"
When the Golden Flashes made their run in the second half, the Mountaineers were 1-for-10 and committed four turnovers. Bryant had a three-point play, but also missed two shots and had two turnovers that led to Kent State baskets in that stretch.
Bryant said he tried to do too much and Kilicli said it wasn't all Bryant's fault.
"No one wants him to do everything and I don't think that's the issue," Kilicli said. "Us three (upperclassmen Kilicli, Jones and Bryant) and the younger guys, that's the five of us that play, we have to lift the team. Nobody is supposed to put the team on his shoulders. The five guys out there should do that. Nobody is good enough to put the team on his shoulders. Nobody."
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