For better or for worse, WVU (12-12, 5-6 Big 12) has six more opportunities against top-100 teams in the final seven games. The exception is Saturday's home game against Texas Tech (9-13, 2-9).
That's followed quickly by a Big Monday game at No. 10 Kansas State (19-5, 8-3) and then five more against the top 100, including a rematch at home against Baylor (16-8, 7-4).
"I don't think it's a confidence-breaker," WVU guard Jabarie Hinds said. "It's a bump in the road. We got blown out on the road, but it's not the end of the world."
It felt like more like it every time Heslip was left open to strike on the way to six 3s and 20 points.
"You can't leave Heslip open," Huggins said. "He's going to make shots. Everyone in America knows that except the seven or eight guys I had guarding him -- or not guarding him."
Rico Gathers came off the bench to score 22 points, outscoring WVU's bench by two points on his own. It was a career-high and just the fourth time the 6-foot-8, 260-pound freshman forward has reached double figures.
"We do that to people," Huggins said. "That's one thing we're pretty proficient at, helping guys have a career night."
Jackson, the Big 12's preseason player of the year and the league's leading scorer, had 15 points and nine assists. The Bears put together a showy second half, making 16 of 27 shots (59.3 percent), 5 of 10 3-point attempts and 12 of 14 free-throw attempts. Assists came on 14 of the 16 second-half baskets on the way to scoring 49 points and outscoring WVU by 16.
Harris led the Mountaineers with 19 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Deniz Kilicli added 13 points and Hinds had eight, but all in the first half. He shot 0-for-3 in the second half.
WVU turned the ball over 18 times in the 24th game of the season, two shy of the season high in the season-opening loss to Gonzaga.
The Bears had 23 points off turnovers with 13 coming in the second half.
"We threw the ball to them," Huggins said. "We had live ball turnovers and they scored on them and then we started to hang our heads and they beat us in transition."
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