"I think that's a lost art. Everybody wants to catch the ball and, as an assistant of mine used to say, kill ants,'' Huggins said. "There wouldn't be a damn ant alive if they had any in here. We just dribble it and dribble it and dribble it and dribble it and we never pass the ball.''
Indeed, during UConn's decisive 15-2 run, here were six of WVU's seven possessions: awkward missed drives to the basket by Bryant and freshman Gary Browne (Browne's with the shot clock dwindling), a turnover on Kilicli's offensive foul (his fourth personal), a successful driving layup by Jabarie Hinds, a backcourt turnover by Hinds (resulting in a Ryan Boatright's tying dunk) and a missed Bryant 3-pointer.
The only other possession the Mountaineers had in that series actually included two offensive rebounds, but ended in another turnover.
"Guys know that we have to settle down and run offense. They just get anxious when things are not going our way,'' said Jones, who had 22 points but didn't take a shot and had very few touches during the UConn run. "We've got to get them to calm down and learn how to use the clock, especially on the road.''
That road atmosphere is also something the younger Mountaineers are getting used to. Still, it wasn't as if this was the first time this season that WVU had faced a hostile crowd, not after playing at Mississippi State and in Wichita against Kansas State, both Top 25 programs.
"Kansas State was a way rowdier crowd than this and we handled ourselves well,'' Jones said. "That was a month ago.''
Obviously it is still a work in process. Then again, now comes a bit of a break from the road. In the next two weeks WVU's only game away from the Coliseum is next Wednesday's date with Marshall in Charleston. The Mountaineers face Rutgers at home Saturday afternoon and, after Marshall, host Cincinnati a week after that.
Perhaps in that time they can learn a few more things about running offense and be ready by the time they take their next road trip, which in the Big East is merely at No. 1 Syracuse Jan. 25 and then three days later at Madison Square Garden against St. John's.
"Physically, everybody is there. They run the floor and give effort,'' Kilicli said. "It's the mental part of the game, when the people start cheering and you've got to run a play and get them out of it, that kind of stuff kills us.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.