At halftime, Gonzaga led 40-22. Shortly afterward, the game was over.
The 5,000 or so Mountaineer fans' eyes began to glaze. You could see their stream of consciousness turn into a creek around the 11:37 timeout, with Gonzaga up 57-32. ("Wonder what I could get into at Station Square ... A Primanti Brothers sandwich sounds good ... Hey, at least the Big East won't get more NCAA hoops financial units from WVU ... Um, why do the Mountaineers wear black uniforms?)
Then there were the times it was best for West Virginia fans to simply avert their eyes. The Gonzaga runout with Guy Landry Edi finishing with an emphatic dunk. The five-second call, trying to simply inbound the ball.
And, of course, the constant clanking of the shots. It was the anti-Orange Bowl for WVU. Badly missed shot after badly missed shot. To rub salt in the wound, that was indeed Reggie Miller, he of the deadeye, sitting courtside broadcasting. Ouch.
Perhaps Huggins needs to recruit Canada for shooters. Pangos is from Ontario. Sacre is from North Vancouver, B.C.
He certainly needs help. "I've never been beat like that," Huggins said. "I can't say never, but we were never in the game."
WVU as a school has only been defeated in a more emphatic fashion three other times in NCAA tournament play. It certainly took one back to the 78-57 smackdown in the Final Four at the hands of Duke. But that was Duke; this was Gonzaga.
Perhaps it's merciful, though, that the season has ended. WVU fans have been going bonkers watching this team. No more Bryant one-on-four shot attempts with a 7-footer looming. No more waiting for Jabari Hinds to improve. No more teeth grinding when the ball goes into Deniz Kilicli.
Once again, it's football season in the Mountain State.
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