It was suggested the newcomers were simply making mistakes.
"It's not a mistake," Kilicli objected. "A mistake is something you can fix. You say, 'OK, don't go to the wing; go to the corner.' It takes a couple tries and then you're fine. We executed better than we did before.
"It's not that. It's when [the other team] runs the ball and you just don't run back. That is just not competing. If you don't go to the ball, take one more step ... that is just not competing. You're not even attempting to do anything. That is not good.'"
Team leader Kevin Jones tried to take up for the newcomers - to a point.
"We have to grow up," Jones said. "We have to mature quickly. Obviously, it's hard and kind of unfair for them to come into a situation in which they're counted on to play major minutes. But it's what they wanted coming to a program like this. They're going to have to step up - as well as everybody as a team."
He shook his head.
"We have to take care of the ball. I mean in the last two games we've had 21 or 22 turnovers and today we had 17. We've always valued the ball since I've been here. It seems we've been doing that less and less."
WVU is averaging 19 turnovers over the first two regular-season games. The bulk of those on Tuesday (six) went to Bryant. He has 10 on the season with six assists. Not a good ratio.
"To me," Huggins said, "if you're going to take my ball, I'm going to bust you in the mouth - especially if you come in my house and try to take my ball. That basketball has been very good to me."
But the Mountaineers have more problems than Bryant and turnovers. The newcomers need to improve, sure. But the inside game is also not strong enough. Jones and Kilicli are simply not enough to get through a Big East schedule.
One can go on. Seems like a tall task.
If any coach can turn it around, however, it's Huggins.
"We'll fix it," he said. "Somehow, we'll fix it."
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