MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- What people will remember about Gary Browne from West Virginia's basketball win Saturday against Cincinnati is the 3-pointer that forced overtime and gave the Mountaineers five more minutes for their fifth win in six games.
That's accurate. It's just not appropriate.
Browne stole one from the Bearcats, took a victory that was headed back to Cincinnati and kept it inside the Coliseum, where WVU is 31-9 in Big East games under Coach Bob Huggins.
What we're learning about this freshman from Puerto Rico is that he's quite good at taking things that are not his.
"The easiest way to make a play is to get the ball," Browne said.
That is Browne's game.
When he's on the floor, he's chasing the ball.
He runs after long rebounds and loose balls. He reaches for passes and lunges at shooters. He loiters near the action and tries to gobble up what someone else bobbles. He races for the sideline or the baseline to keep a ball in play and doesn't seem to care that he's heading full-speed for a table or a row of fans.
Browne has only been playing basketball in America for two years. He's been part of the national team back home since he was 14. He's been obsessed with possession for as long as he's played sports.
Like so many others in Puerto Rico, Browne played baseball and revered the late Roberto Clemente. He wasn't an outfielder, though, and instead played shortstop.
Those dives, that reach, the swift hands and careful balance are all things you've seen on the hardwood that he used on the diamond.
"Sometimes baseball is about one possession," he said. "They hit the ball. That's one possession and you get it or you don't get it. If you don't, that hurts the team. That's the same things here. I see a ball all the way out there and I want to get it. One possession can define the game."
After Brown's 3 with 11.3 seconds left in regulation Saturday, he defended an inbound pass and extended his arms to deflect a pass into an area where he could get it. Browne grabbed the ball and went to his basket for a layup and a 75-72 lead.
It completely changed the game and vividly illustrated Browne's background. He was part shortstop with the way he expanded to close the passing lane, but also part volleyball player.
That was another hobby as a kid in Cupey, and while he hasn't dunked the ball or swatted shots like the outside hitter he was, like Picky Soto, the national hero he emulated, he has showcased his other volleyball skills.