MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - There were a bunch of people in the WVU Coliseum on Monday night.
There was Oprah Winfrey. There was Justin Bieber. Miley Cyrus checked in. All - or at least cutouts of their heads - were in the Mountaineer student section.
What wasn't there Monday: WVU.
The WVU defense wasn't there.
The WVU shooting wasn't there.
The WVU rebounding wasn't there.
It all added up to a Texas-sized whipping, courtesy of the visiting Longhorns. The final score of 80-69 was not indicative of the rout, which, at 6:22 of the second half, reached 21 points.
By then many of the 8,706 in attendance had streamed out as if, well, Miley Cyrus was really there.
The Mountaineers' performance was brutal. They were outrebounded 49-30. They hit 4 of 25 (16 percent) 3-point attempts.
Perhaps it could have been predicted. Any who watched WVU on Saturday against Oklahoma State knew the Mountaineers expended a bunch of energy in their heartbreaking loss. Still, West Virginia had yet another chance to prove the Coliseum is a tough nut to crack, a tough venue for visitors.
Again, it did not. So afterward I went to a trio of Mountaineer players. I asked a simple question: How would you describe what happened Monday on the Coliseum court?
Eron Harris, who looked sharp early stepping into shots before finishing with a mere six points, pondered the question. There was a long pause. Finally, this is what he said:
"I don't know, man. A bunch of lapses. A bunch. Outmanned."
Terry Henderson, who had 16 points, but on 7-of-17 shooting, was equally short.
"Outmanned," he said. "I feel like we were getting bullied. That's all I can say about that."
"Texas came in here and wanted it more than us," he said. "Killed us on the glass."