"The frustrating thing is not that we didn't make shots,'' said Huggins, whose team shot just 40 percent. "The frustrating thing is that they scored every time they went down the floor.''
That had as much to do with West Virginia's defense as it did Baylor's size advantage.
"We didn't guard. That's it,'' said point guard Juwan Staten. "We didn't guard and we didn't rebound.''
That the Mountaineers didn't guard was borne out in the shooting percentages. Baylor made 54.2 percent of its shots, including just under 60 percent inside the 3-point circle. Then throw in the fact that the Bears still managed to make nearly half (nine) of their 20 3-point attempts and it was almost impossible to overcome.
Oh, and then throw in the fact that West Virginia forced only four Baylor turnovers, all in the first half. In the game in Waco last month, Baylor turned the ball over 17 times and West Virginia outscored the Bears 18-0 in points off turnovers.
"They do a phenomenal job of forcing turnovers,'' Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "Last time we played they had 18 points off of our turnovers. Today we only turned it over four times. Ironically, every time we turned it over they scored. Thank goodness we didn't turn it over more.''
West Virginia was also playing at a disadvantage because Terry Henderson sat out the game because he was sick. And when Huggins refused to play freshman Brandon Watkins more than one minute because he felt he hadn't prepared well enough, it left the Mountaineers with just a seven-man rotation.
Harris and Staten did their part. Harris came within a point of his career high with 32, including six 3-pointers, and Staten had his usual 16 points, eight rebounds, six assists and just one turnover.
But no one else really contributed much, everyone else combining to go 7 for 22 shooting. Many of those missed shots didn't even reach the rim, what with Baylor blocking 10 shots, seven by 7-1 sophomore Isaiah Austin.
Baylor also got 19 points from Austin, 15 from Cory Jefferson, 13 from Kenny Chery and 12 from Brady Heslip.
At different times, both teams seemed to have pretty decent control of the game. West Virginia led most of the first half and by as many as eight points, while Baylor surged ahead near the middle of the second half and also led by eight, 67-59, with eight minutes to play before West Virginia got it back to 67-65 on two Harris 3-pointers.
But that was pretty much WVU's last gasp. Baylor got another 3-pointer from O'Neale and soon its lead was in double figures and West Virginia never threatened again.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.