Fortunately for the team, on Saturday, Kilicli showed up. He had 25 points and eight rebounds and, for once, received a little help from the officials. On one drive he simply knocked over Kader Tapsoba (of the aforementioned Ouagadougou) to convert a layup.
As the season moves along, though, the one discovered gem for Huggins seems to be Eron Harris, who finished with 15 points. When the Mountaineers play effectively, he always seems to be in the mix.
He might have given the hosts the necessary cushion Saturday with a steal and drive late. The freshman received an intentional foul call and converted the free throws.
"He's playing the best of his life," Browne said of his teammate. "He's making shots; he's pump faking; he's been working. He's the guy making shots right now."
"The battle is to play every play," Huggins said. "In the first half, he was very loose. But he came back in the second half and responded. The good thing about Eron is he doesn't pout. He comes to play."
Harris is now WVU's leading scorer, averaging 9.2 points. He is "loose" at times, committing 34 turnovers, but has 19 steals and is converting 45 percent of his shots from the floor and 75.4 percent from the free-throw stripe. From behind the 3-point arc, he's at 39.3 percent.
Harris was asked Saturday if he expected the season success.
"No, I definitely didn't," he said. "In my head I thought I could, but I wasn't sure. I just kept working."
He may not have been sure, but he now seems to be the most sure. He has that air of confidence.
"I think I got that from my dad," Harris said. "Growing up I wasn't always confident. I was always behind somebody.
"But you know how dads always believe in their kids. He always saw my potential. He believed in me and kept my head right."
Get this: At Lawrence North High in Indianapolis, Harris didn't start until his junior year. He started one game as a sophomore. At WVU, he's started the last 10 as a freshman.
He's one of a few sure-fire prospects for Huggins to work with next season.
As they try to find their way back to Albuquerque.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.