MORGANTOWN - West Virginia's basketball team managed to check off a handful of goals Saturday night with its 74-64 win over Marshall at the Civic Center.
The most obvious was beating the Herd again.
It's not that a win in the annual in-state rivalry game is any indication of things to come. Quite the contrary. Some of the Mountaineers' better teams have failed to do that and some of its worst have not.
When WVU reached the NCAA's Elite Eight in 2005 and Sweet 16 in 2006, it was with a loss to Marshall on its resume. Ditto the 2011 team that made it to the second round.
And, of course, last year's 13-19 WVU team would have been a 20-loss squad save for a win over the Herd.
Still, the Mountaineers usually feel better about themselves when they don't have to carry around the stigma of having lost the game, which they have done only four times in the last 18 seasons.
There were other accomplishments, too.
One was finding a potential solution for its depth issue under the basket. Freshman Brandon Watkins might not have a lot of other double-doubles in his immediate future, but his 12 points and 11 rebounds against the Herd - that matched exactly his production in WVU's last seven games combined - at least gave a peek into his potential.
Fellow freshman Devin Williams can't be the team's only inside presence and now perhaps he isn't.
But perhaps the most significant accomplishment for the Mountaineers was winning a close game.
The Mountaineers had played just four this season and lost all four by single digits. The team's previous six wins were by an average of 27 points and the closest was by 13.