His shooting percentage dipped to 33 percent and the Mountaineers did more with less Kilicli, which might make one wonder if WVU was better off without Hinds.
"Jabarie, at times, tries to do too much," Huggins said. "Guys have got to play within themselves and do the things they're good at doing. When they do that, we're a much better team."
Then Hinds flashed against Texas and its athletic backcourt defense, finding a groove in the middle of the game to shake a rut and finish with 14 points, a total he and Kilicli had to lead the team to back-to-back wins for the first time since the end of December.
"I was making shots," Hinds said. "I got some confidence and it feel like every shot I take I will make again."
Hinds had some bad drives and poor decisions, but he made a layup and then another before sinking a jumper and then another to spook the Longhorns into a timeout.
"I know Jabarie pretty well and he's one of the most talented guys I've seen in my entire life," Kilicli said. "Of course it's going to click one day, and it's going to be soon. That's how I feel about it."
These are the two the Mountaineers need, not just against the Horned Frogs (10-12, 1-8), who just beat Kansas on the home floor WVU will visit, but for the remainder of the schedule. An irresistible Kilicli forces the defense to help and gives the guards room to cut and float for scoring opportunities. A confident Hinds can search for comfy jumpers and open drives to the rim, as opposed to insisting on both.
And if one gets it going, he makes it easier for the other, but then the rest of the balanced scorers around them. The Mountaineers have defended much better lately and have been their usual, overachieving selves rebounding throughout the season, but they've rarely had the offensive infusion of energy to better empower both.
"The more guys we get scoring, the greater the threat our whole team is to the other teams," said freshman Eron Harris, who has evolved into the team's top scoring option. "When we've got Jabarie in double digits and we've got Deniz in double digits and I get in double digits, the better we all can be on offense and then we take that to the way we guard and rebound."
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