FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jabarie Hinds peeked out of the corners of his eyes to the right toward teammate Terry Henderson, likely still suspicious of what he witnessed from the freshman in Saturday afternoon's win against TCU.
Henderson, who had 16 points the previous two games and 19 in the four before that, made all five of his shots in Saturday's first half for 15 points.
His teammates were 5-for-14 and managed 16 points.
"We might have gotten shut out in the first half if it weren't for him," Coach Bob Huggins said.
Henderson's form was so pure, his confidence so certain, that his shots didn't mess with the rim and barely bothered the net on the way to the floor.
It didn't matter if it was one of his three 3-pointers, two free throws or a jump shot he smoothed out after curling around a screen at the top of the key. Even a layup, contested at the rim after he snatched a missed free throw on the left side of the basket, was tossed in softly off the backboard in traffic.
"Whatever he did before the game," Hinds said with due reverence, "he needs to do before every game."
That's Henderson's reputation, though. He's a shooter who finds a rhythm when he finds faith in his shots, which explains his 3,000-plus points in high school. He'd only been slowed this season by a bruised back suffered in a tumble last month against Kansas State.
"Terry shot the ball extremely well in practice the last couple of days," Huggins said.
He reappeared right on time for the Mountaineers, who, if nothing else in this three-game winning streak against the bottom of the Big 12 Conference, have seen players and philosophies return to the forefront.
They're guarding much better and passing the ball effectively. Hinds and Deniz Kilicli have resumed top roles on offense and Gary Browne and Juwan Staten have, at the least, guided an offense that's shooting the ball remarkably better now than weeks earlier, when WVU was among the worst shooting teams in the country.
Henderson looked like the next piece to fall into place Saturday, and right on time.
He is attached in his freshman class to Eron Harris and it was Harris who took over Henderson's starting spot when Henderson missed two games following the back bruise. Harris flourished and became WVU's top shooter and most consistent scorer, so much so that Huggins asked his players to get Harris the ball more than they had been.