Morris got the rebound and then attempted a double-clutch jumper inside the foul line that missed and Nicks rebounded, but was tied up and the possession arrow favored Capital with 4.5 seconds left.
The final opportunity went awry, though, when Jordan Kinney's inbound pass was swiped by J.R. Howard and the Highlanders ran out the time.
"We had two kids coming to the basketball and two kids popping out,'' Capital coach Carl Clark said of the final play. "We had a man open. We just threw the ball away. We could have gotten a shot if the ball had gotten to the open man.''
Capital, which vaulted into a 23-11 lead in the first quarter, got balanced scoring as Kinney and Brad Grose each tallied 14 points, and Morris and Bryce Goldsmith had 12 apiece. Tyrell Davis added nine points and six assists.
However, the Cougars' two low-post threats, Grose and Goldsmith, saw their time limited because of foul problems, with Grose fouling out at the 3:53 mark of the final period. That served to hamstring Capital, especially in defending Nicks.
"Sure,'' Clark said, "because when you lose those guys, we're playing with guards. We've got a bunch of guards. We don't have any backups for our big kids. So we end up playing with our guards and their big man, he was just unstoppable. He was shooting the ball, getting his own rebound, shooting the ball, taking the ball to the basket.''
Morris grabbed 11 rebounds for Capital, which led off the boards at halftime but wound up with a 35-32 deficit as the Highlanders started to assert themselves.
"I think it kind of took us a little time to get adjusted to their speed,'' said Huntington coach Ron Hess, "how quick they are - very athletic, very quick. And again, we haven't played for a week. It seems like we play, then we wait for a week and that makes it hard to get into a rhythm, so many days off like that.
"The biggest adjustment we made is we kind of sloughed off them a little bit because they're so quick, so we didn't put so much pressure on them out there at the front. We kind of backed off and made them work harder for their shots. When we did that, we were in position to rebound better.''
Capital finished with 13 turnovers, six fewer than Huntington.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.