"I thought we were pretty good defensively," said Huggins, whose team shot 46 percent and held Texas to 35 percent. "There was that stretch in the second half where we got up 11 and we got on the side of them and you can't guard from the side. That's a formula for disaster and we did that one too many times."
Jabarie Hinds had 14 points for WVU. He had 13 combined the previous three games and was scoreless in Saturday's win at Texas Tech. Kilicli added 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting.
"I thought he was terrific," Coach Bob Huggins said. "He was so much more active."
Huggins even offered a high-five and a hug for Kilicli during a late trip to the bench.
"I guess I did something good," Kilicli said. "He doesn't do it much, this year especially."
Harris had 13 points, but on just 3-for-10 shooting while missing 6 of 8 3-point attempts. Terry Henderson had seven points and two 3s and Murray had eight rebounds with one point off the bench.
McClellan had 14 points for Texas (10-12, 2-7) and Javan Felix had all 12 of his points in the second half.
Julien Lewis and Ioannis Papapetrou both had 10 points for the Longhorns, who let a 13-point lead go to waste at home last month and managed to take a lead Monday after trailing by 11 in the second half.
Texas is 1-5 in games decided by five or fewer points or in overtime.
"We know we're the youngest team in the country, but that doesn't matter anymore," Coach Rick Barnes said. "We've got to carry ourselves better in these situations."
The crows was the smallest of the season because of an early-evening snowstorm, but a 3 from Harris early in the second half put Mountaineers up double-digits for the fourth time in nine conference games, this time 35-25.
WVU started 4-for-6 to open the second half, but then went 1-for-6 as Texas rallied. WVU had four turnovers in quick succession, including back-to-back possessions to give Texas scores. Felix warmed up his dribble and got free to score 10 points in a 16-3 run to put Texas ahead 49-47 at the 8:21 mark.
The teams would be tied twice and trade the lead three times the rest of the way and Kilicli's key score built the largest lead either way down the stretch.
The Mountaineers reached their highest point in the first half from their lowest depth. Gary Browne's turnover led to a Papapetrou layup and a 17-10 lead, the largest for Texas in the game. WVU outscored Texas 22-8 the rest of the half to take a 32-25 lead. The Mountaineers had 12 unanswered points in a 17-5 spurt and finished the half making 8 of 10 shots.
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