But while playing better offense is certainly a welcome change, there are also things the Mountaineers aren't doing to the satisfaction of coach Bob Huggins. Defense is chief among those, although rebounding also might eventually become an issue.
"We can't get caught up in being a good offensive team,'' Harris said. "We have to concentrate on being a good defensive team, too.''
On Thursday, West Virginia routed outmanned Georgia Southern 101-68, and offense certainly wasn't an issue. The Mountaineers shot 56 percent in both halves, scored 100 points for the first time since early in Huggins' first season at WVU (2007) and had 24 assists and 41 bench points.
On defense, though, Georgia Southern shot 55.6 percent in the second half after the Mountaineers held the Eagles to 27 percent in the first half.
"We improved in the first half,'' Huggins said. "We didn't guard very well in the second half, but we did play better [than in previous games].''
The Presbyterian team that comes in today has won just once in five games, but unlike Georgia Southern has played a far more competitive schedule. The lone win was 86-76 over Toccoa Falls (Ga.) - the same Christian school Georgia Southern beat 104-50 - but the losses were to Georgia Tech, The Citadel, Wake Forest and Old Dominion. The Blue Hose fell 69-51 at ODU Thursday night.
Jordan Downing, a 6-foot-5 junior who began his career at Davidson, averages 19 points, while 6-4, 220-pound freshman guard Reggie Dillard averages 14.2 points and 6-8, 265-pound junior center William Truss averages a double-double with 10.8 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Today's game, along with the win over Georgia Southern Thursday, is a preliminary to the Cancun Challenge next week. The Mountaineers play their two games in Mexico next week, facing Old Dominion Tuesday and then either Wisconsin or Saint Louis Wednesday.
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