Most of those rebounds could have gone to anyone on either team, but it was Browne who zipped inside from the perimeter and then headed the other way.
"Coach said when you play hard, good things happen," Browne said. "I always listen to what coach says because if we do, we're going to be OK. If we play hard, we're going to win."
It's a message slowly spreading around theWVU locker room as four returning players learn to work with a junior college transfer and seven freshmen - and that total grew by one against Alcorn State.
Huggins put Paul Herbert Williamson into the game in the first half and let the walk-on from Logan play 19 minutes.
Williamson finished with seven points, a pair of 3-pointers, two assists, a blocked shot and no turnovers.
"Paul comes in and listens and tries to do what he's supposed to do," Huggins said. "Some of those guys still think they're going to out-stubborn me and I just want to make sure that they understand they're not.
"Paul can make shots and he is going to play hard and you know what he is going to give you. Some of those guys, when you don't know what you are going to get from them, it makes it harder."
Huggins used much of the second half as a classroom for his younger players and the Mountaineers could have a similar opportunity against Morehead State. The Eagles, who made the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last year with first-round draft pick Kenneth Faried, lost an exhibition game to Mountain State and lost to North Carolina State by 31 and the College of Charleston by 15.
WVU led by 16 at halftime Thursday, but the lead was in the 30s most of the second half, even as Huggins let his young players go. Williamson, Browne and fellow freshmen Keaton Miles, Jabarie Hinds and Pat Forsythe and redshirt freshman Kevin Noreen played built on the lead until it was its largest at the end.
Huggins saw some things he had not yet seen from some of his players. Noreen had 12 points and he and Forsythe both had seven rebounds.
"My recollection of (Noreen) last year was going into the Minnesota game and just creating havoc, being really active and getting his hands on balls and offensive rebounds," Huggins said. "He hadn't done that. (Thursday) he did that. That's the way he has to be for us. He can't stand around.
"That's what I told pat Forsythe. Pat was our second-best rebounder in Europe when we went to Italy, next to (Jones). He's batting balls around like a seal in the first half. He's got to play in his stance. He's going to get bumped.
"When you're in there, you're going to get bumped, but I thought he did a much better job and was so much stronger in the second half. He got a rebound nobody else in the gym could get. He went out of his area to go get one. That's what we've got to have from those guys. They have to be active."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.