And what a debut the Mountaineer guard made here.
After Marshall made that first-half blitz, it was Hinds who made a head-turning move in the lane to tie the game at 27.
In the second half, he was on a fast break when, with Bryant on the wing, he made an ankle-breaking fake before taking a lay-in, giving WVU a 42-37 lead. Then he followed with a jumper. He then added, to a delighted Jones, a teardrop bucket.
"Every time we give him the ball, he gets better and better and better," Huggins said.
Hinds finished with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting with five rebounds, three assists and a pair of assists. And if one doesn't think the Classic is in good hands for the future, at 3:06 left in the game, with the mystery gone, Hinds was still playing hard, diving to the floor for a steal. One didn't see that from Marshall.
"He's a good kid," Huggins said. "He's cut out of the same cloth as K.J."
"This game was tight," Hinds said. "It had a good atmosphere. I had fun out there."
"We played defense and I took what they gave me," Hinds said. "It worked."
Hinds spoke of his first eye-popping move.
"I was pushing up the court," he said, "and slowed up. I got the defender in the air and made a little move. We just kept attacking."
"[Hinds] showed up today," Bryant said. "He played a heck of a game. Showed some moves today."
WVU, meanwhile, took another move forward. Impressively, with Kilicli on the sideline in gray sweats, it defeated an improved rival. The Mountaineers racked up more RPI points.
And the season is looking more and more rosy.
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