MORGANTOWN - Early in West Virginia's 56-44 Big East victory over Seton Hall, Pirates coach Kevin Willard was going through timeouts like bad matches.
He had no choice. His team had no offensive firepower.
In the first half, the Pirates took shots and missed the rim five times. In the game, they did so eight times.
One of the times Seton Hall did hit the rim was when Fuquan Edwin tried an alley-oop pass. And hit the rim.
At the end of the first half, Seton Hall missed 12 of its last 13 shots. No sitcom could have provided the 9,729 in attendance more chuckles.
The Pirates' premier scorer, Jeremy Hazell, had but one basket from the floor in the first half. He finished with five points.
When WVU's defense held Seton Hall to 16.7 percent shooting in the first five minutes of the second half, writers went diving for the record book. Could the Pirates finish the game with the lowest shooting percentage ever at the Coliseum?
Well, the answer was no. Seton Hall came back to make the score respectable and finished with 29.5 percent shooting. (The all-time low at the arena, by the way, is 21.7 percent authored by Prarie View A&M in 2007. WVU won that game 106-41.)
Anyway, the outcome of the game was never in question. (Favorite quote from Willard: "We need to score more points, so it would've helped if anyone hit a shot at any point.")
The game did have one notable moment, though, in the second half. It was when John Flowers threw a little block party, all in the span of 21 game-clock seconds.
After missing a 3-point attempt, Flowers seemed intent on redeeming himself. At 8:28, he blocked the shot of 6-foot-8 Pirate senior Herb Pope. Then, after a 3-point miss from WVU's Kevin Jones, Flowers bloomed again on defense. He blocked the shot of Edwin, seemingly before the shot left the 6-6 guard's hand.
Then, at 8:12, he seemingly had his third block, this time of Keon Lawrence. The crowd started to explode - until an official diffused the explosion by calling Flowers for a foul.
The 6-7 senior from Waldorf, Md., smiled when reminded of the moment. He heard the crowd. He knew how close he was to single-handedly bringing down the joint.
"Yeah,'' he said. "I think the crowd gets hyped up on blocked shots.''
He paused, then added . . .
"I love blocking shots. I think I like blocking shots more than I do dunking.''
He's certainly earned a niche for himself. He has 52 this season in 21 games. That's second in the Big East only to the 54 of Syracuse's Rick Jackson. But Jackson, after Wednesday's game with Connecticut, has his number in 23 games.