Yet Huggins also said Jones and Kilicli were both caught standing still in the post and Truck Bryant admitted to trying to do too much to make up a deficit and to make up for his inexperienced teammates.
"We've got to learn to trust one another out there," Bryant said. "There are going to be times somebody gets broken down and somebody else is going to have to be there. Sometimes we do that. Some times we don't."
It goes beyond trust. There's a tactical element, too.
WVU's struggled with turnovers and with defense in the second half and both conspired to allow the Golden Flashes to shoot 58.1 percent and score 42 points. To try to slow down Kent State, Huggins changed defenses and used man-to-man, the 1-3-1 zone and a 2-3 zone.
"That was the first time we ever played 2-3," Jones said. "That was a new feeling for me."
Huggins emphasizes man-to-man above everything else, but has leaned on the 1-3-1 a lot at WVU. Both defenses had their shaky moments in the season opener against Oral Roberts and the Golden Eagles missed a potential game-trying 3-point shot late when the zone broke down and WVU played what Huggins called "a 1-3 with a chaser, which I've never seen."
He dusted off the 2-3 against Kent State, which had both good and bad moments and which will require an adjustment for everyone playing it if Huggins continues to use it.
"No matter what defense we were in, we didn't have enough ball pressure," Jones said. "We let them pass it and get the ball where they wanted for open shots."
It can improve. The Mountaineers were outrebounded by 13 by Oral Roberts, but outrebounded Kent State by 15. The greatest concern remains turnovers. WVU had 21 in the opener and was just as sloppy against Kent State.
"We're going to have to fix that, but that's a little harder to fix," Huggins said. "With rebounding and defense, defensively, you've got to know what you're doing and rebounding, probably more than anything, is about effort. We just had to crank up the effort."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu