"Yeah, I think it was,'' the freshman from Indianapolis said. "I wasn't really having that good a game and then I ended up hitting the shot of the game. It gave me confidence that if you're not shooting well, keep shooting. You'll hit one.''
Indeed, that first Texas game wasn't even a great one for Harris, who otherwise was 0-for-5 from the field and whose only other statistical contributions were two turnovers and a foul. But he made that shot.
"Well, it was a big couple of seconds for me,'' Harris said when asked by someone to recall his big game in Austin. "The game wasn't that good for me. Hopefully I can have a better one.''
He's been having better ones since. The next game he made an impossible fall-away shot on the baseline that could have been a game-winner against Kansas State at home except that the Mountaineers allowed the Wildcats to score in the final second. He made 4 of 7 3s in a wild comeback attempt at Iowa State and then 5 of 8 at Oklahoma State.
Saturday at Tech, Harris missed his first four 3s and scored just three points in the first half, but finished with 18 points.
And with the outside shooting of Harris and Henderson, along with Browne and sometimes Jabarie Hinds, West Virginia might finally be creating an identity after a season of searching for answers. The win Saturday at Texas Tech was far from perfect - 18 turnovers, 23 fouls - but for a team that needs to string together some wins, it was at least a start.
"I think we're not looking at the negatives. We're looking more at the positives that we did,'' Harris said after Saturday's win. "We can control our turnovers. Those were mental mistakes. But overall I think we played pretty well.''
BRIEFLY: Texas hasn't done much since losing that Jan. 9 game to WVU, much like the Mountaineers. The Longhorns have won two of their last three, but to the only teams WVU has beaten since then, too - TCU and Texas Tech.
Texas rolled over TCU Saturday in Austin, winning 60-43, and hammered Texas Tech by 16 points a week before that. But in between the Longhorns went to Kansas State and lost by 25.
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