So Eron Harris continued his odd little roll lately, the one where he’s a little too observant and cautious in the first half and then much more aggressive and effective in the second half, in Saturday’s win against Texas Christian.
He’s made 9 of 17 shots and 6 of 11 3-point shots in the past three second halves. In the first halves, he’s 4-for-15 from the floor and 1-for-9 from 3-point range.
“I think I have a tendency to start games unaggressive and Coach has talked to me about coming out and being aggressive in the first half,” Harris said. “I don’t have to be only a second-half player. I don’t know what it is, but it’s a habit I have.”
A funnier thing happened that same day, though.
The Mountaineers were again slow at the start of the game and Harris had to come out for a spell. WVU was 1-for-7 and had four points in seven-plus minutes. Then Terry Henderson appeared, made everything he put into the air and became the latest part of the team to seemingly round into form, if only for a game.
“Terry shot the ball extremely well in practice the last couple of days,” Huggins said.
He reappeared right on time for the Mountaineers, who, if nothing else in this three-game winning streak against the bottom of the Big 12 Conference, have seen players and philosophies return to the forefront.
They’re guarding much better and passing the ball effectively. Hinds and Deniz Kilicli have resumed top roles on offense and Gary Browne and Juwan Staten have, at the least, guided an offense that’s shooting the ball remarkably better now than weeks earlier, when WVU was among the worst shooting teams in the country.
Henderson looked like the next piece to fall into place Saturday, and right on time.
Is it permanent? Or less sporadic? Well, he hadn’t been healthy, so maybe trend toward the latter, but if you want to take something from the three-game winning streak against inferior Big 12 competition, take solace in that: Parts are fitting now that didn’t fit before.