This was a game the Mountaineers didn't even lead until the final four minutes and then controlled in crunch time.
True, it came against a Marshall team that is now 4-6 and has had its own issues with finishing, but it was at least a start.
"It's a great sign,'' said point guard Juwan Staten, who pretty much took control offensively down the stretch and finished with a game-high 19 points. "The last couple of games that have been close, we haven't been able to do this.''
Indeed, West Virginia has played three games this season that could have gone either way in the final minutes.
The Mountaineers blew leads against No. 20 Gonzaga and, early in the season, Virginia Tech. They were within a couple of possessions of now-No. 4 Wisconsin.
All ended in losses, as did a game at Missouri that the Tigers dominated until WVU made it close at the end.
"We fought back and we won. And I think it shows that we're learning how to fight,'' said sophomore Eron Harris, who certainly didn't have one of his best games (11 points and just 1 of 6 on 3-pointers), but who put the finishing touches on the win with a pair of free throws and a dunk to close out the scoring. "That's really all it was, just fighting.''
After that kind of fight, now West Virginia can actually take it easy for a while.
The players must finish final exams early next week, but over the nearly three-week period ahead, the Mountaineers play just two games. They are home Sunday to Purdue, don't play again until the following Sunday against William & Mary in Charleston, then begin Big 12 play the next weekend with a Saturday-Monday road trip to TCU and Texas Tech.
"Hopefully we can take this into the next game and keep going,'' Harris said. "We need to keep fighting like this and not go up and down.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at twitter.com/dphickman1