Miles said he's received encouragement all season from his teammates.
"They said, 'You can shoot,' " Miles said. "I do it in practice. It helps they have confidence in me."
The 6-foot-6, 205-pound freshman said it's been a process to feel as comfortable in the Coliseum as in open gym.
"It just comes with time and the coaches being patient with me," Miles said.
The Dallas product said his slow start did place him in a funk.
"I was going through a slump," Miles said. "When you do that, you get in the gym and work. But we have a good support system here. I fed off that to say, 'Yes, I can.' "
Finally, he did.
"Keaton was very aggressive," said Jones. "We need him to be very aggressive. He can do more than play defense. He can shoot the ball and is gaining more confidence."
WVU's team is playing with more confidence, and it's showing on the stat sheet. WVU entered the game ranked No. 4 in the Big East in scoring at 74.9 points and, after the victory, bumped that average to 75.4. It was likewise No. 4 in field goal percentage and remains a 46.5 percent shooting team.
Defensively, the Mountaineers helped their cause. Starting the day No. 12 in scoring defense (66.0 point average), WVU is now at 65.7. The defensive field goal percentage number dropped a bit to 43.7 percent.
The only Mountaineer stat to be adversely affected was free throw percentage. Even in a rout, WVU can't get that right. After starting the game dead last in the Big East in free throw shooting at 64.2 percent, the team converted just 23 of those 41 attempts (56.1 percent) and is now at 63.5 percent for the season.
This WVU victory, however, was one for the team and fans to savor. Almost all went right. Even Final Four team member John Flowers returned as part of the reunion.
And even that was perfect.
When the camera captured him, Flowers, known for his dancing as well as defense, stood up, waved to the crowd - and did "The Dougie."
The crowd roared.
As the home team rolled.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.