MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - There was a shrug of the shoulders Saturday night, the sort of exhibition of emotion that admits there wasn't much West Virginia could do to beat Texas, but one that didn't shake the chip the Mountaineers have carried with them all season.
A nice little roll with five wins in seven games had been interrupted by a 17-point loss to a Longhorns team on an even better roll. WVU was sent off into a dormant stretch that ends with Saturday's 1:30 p.m. home game against Baylor.
"I'm mad we lost," WVU guard Eron Harris said. "I really am mad we lost, but I know what issues we have to take care of and I know we have time to take care of those issues. All I want us to think of is going game by game, not this game.
"We'll look over what we did wrong, which I already know -- we didn't get a stop when we needed a stop, we didn't get a board when we needed a board. Our shots aren't always going to go in, so I can't say we did that wrong. But we know what we did wrong. We'll be fine."
Defensive deficiencies and rebounding woes were part of the problem for WVU, as they have been throughout the season, but what bothered the Mountaineers most was that they allowed them to be a problem when they mattered most.
WVU surrendered a 17-2 run late in the first half and trailed by 11 points at the break. It was a six-point game two possessions into the second half, but then a 14-point deficit soon thereafter. The Mountaineers never got the game to single digits again despite getting close on a few occasions. They would get close, but never close enough.
"It's playing through being tired," Harris said. "Some of us can play through being tired and some of us can't play through being tired. I think in a game like this, making a comeback like this, you've got to be able to play through being tired. That's one of our biggest issues. We'll work on that."
Harris and Juwan Staten are both in the Big 12's top 10 in minutes played, with Staten leading the league, and the Mountaineers don't go ask their bench for much in most games. When they're coming back, playing time is monitored more closely.
It's one thing for a team to come back from being down.
It's another to do it with select players.
The Mountaineers add another degree of difficulty by relying on jump shots and playing in spite of their problems consistently defending and rebounding.
"We have to be more resilient," WVU coach Bob Huggins said. "We have to be more resilient during the game. When things don't go your way, you don't stop playing. You play harder."