MORGANTOWN - WVU senior guard Truck Bryant had one of those days on Tuesday.
One of those very bad days on the home court.
He was out of control in the lane during the Mountaineers' 70-60 home loss to Kent State. He shot an air ball. He had defensive breakdowns. He was mugged with the ball. He missed free throws. After one missed free throw, he appeared to need counseling.
His final line: 4-of-13 from the field; 0-of-3 from behind the 3-point arc; 4-of-7 free throws made; one rebound; four fouls; 12 points; one assist; six turnovers; and one steal.
It was an ugly day outside of the Coliseum. For Bryant, it was an ugly day inside of it.
Afterward, though, the guard held his head high and faced the media.
"I think I played a bad game," Bryant said. "I wasn't into it in the second half defensively and I think that led to me playing bad offensively. Usually I'm into it. I just wasn't playing my game. I turned the ball over way too much."
Perhaps stunningly, Bryant was the only Mountaineer to play all 40 minutes on Tuesday. (Kevin Jones played 39.) WVU coach Bob Huggins was asked if he considered replacing the guard. The coach recruited two highly regarded freshmen in Jabarie Hinds (who starts alongside Bryant) and Gary Browne.
"And put in who?" asked Huggins. "You stand where I stand and look down that bench. As good as Gary Browne was against Oral Roberts, he wasn't today.
"It made me ask: Are you freshmen or are you players?"
WVU center Deniz Kilicli was asked if Bryant played poorly because the guard was trying to put the team on his shoulders.
"Nobody wants him to do everything," Kilicli said. "I don't think that's the issue."