MORGANTOWN - If Eron Harris can be faulted for anything, it might be bad timing.
No one is actually criticizing that, of course. Most associated with West Virginia's basketball team are thrilled that the freshman guard is playing as well as he has of late. After all, it's obvious that this team needs all the help it can get, and Harris has added another piece to the puzzle.
Still, consider the what-could-have-beens for Harris the past two games.
Ah, but 16.4 seconds remained and, although the Mountaineers actually played great defense after that, Jonathan Holmes still made a really difficult 3 to send the game into overtime.
Again, though, too much time remained. Kansas State's Shane Southwell managed to draw a foul and make two shots to give the Wildcats the lead, and West Virginia wasn't able to counter this time, bungling nearly everything in the final 20 seconds and losing, 65-64.
The thing is, though, based on those last two games West Virginia may have found just the kind of clutch player it's been looking for in close games. No, he didn't get a chance in those final seconds against Kansas State, but it would be hard not to start designing plays for the 6-foot-2, 190-pound freshman from Indianapolis.
Then again, after Saturday's disappointing loss Harris wasn't interested at all in recounting his just-a-bit-too-early heroics in those last two games. He was more to the point about what lost the game on Saturday, and it had nothing to do with the final seconds.
"It all comes down to possessions early, in the first half, in the second half,'' Harris said. "Those were possessions we gave up because we didn't work hard enough. If we play those possessions and the rest of the game like we should, it never would have come down to the last possession."