West Virginia coach Bob Huggins says his players aren’t as good as they think, and a blown second-half lead against Miami reinforced his assessment.

The Hurricanes overcame a 13-point deficit with 12 minutes left Saturday to win 79-76.

“Every time I look at our guys, I don’t see any pros,” Huggins said. “I see a lot of guys that think they are. I’ve had 22. I think I probably ought to know better than they do.”

The Mountaineers lost for only the fourth time in 81 games under Huggins when they take a lead of at least 10 points.

West Virginia (5-2) was beaten only seven times last season and reached the Final Four. Now the Mountaineers have lost twice in four games, and Huggins said they’re not listening to him.

“We’ve done the same kind of things for 30 years, and it has worked pretty good,” he said. “So it’s not what we’re doing. It’s got to be the guys doing it. I must not be coaching good enough.”

Malcolm Grant scored a career-high 26 points for the Hurricanes (6-2). They scored on 14 of 15 possessions down the stretch, sank eight of their last nine shots and made four consecutive free throws in the final nine seconds to seal the win.

“It means a lot to get this win,” Grant said. “I’m really proud of our guys, because last year when adversity would have hit, we would have quit. We were down and kept fighting. We made a way.”

West Virginia, playing on an opponent’s court for the first time this season, was up 54-41 before Miami rallied. Grant’s three-point play cut the deficit to one, and he then sank a 3-pointer that gave the Hurricanes their first lead of the second half, 66-64.

“We felt things were going our way,” Grant said. “We wanted to stay aggressive and be smart at the same time.”

Reggie Johnson’s layup put Miami ahead to stay, 68-66. Durand Scott’s driving scoop with 28 seconds left made it 75-71.

Grant finished 13 for 14 at the line, including the game’s final two points with 6.3 seconds left. Scott then intercepted a pass to clinch the win.

“It was a great win for us — so many big plays,” Miami coach Frank Haith said. “That last 10 or 11 minutes we were able to come up with the loose balls and loose rebounds. That was a turning point — our ability to scrap some loose balls out.”

The Hurricanes won their fourth game in a row.

Johnson, who is averaging a double-double this season, was limited by foul trouble to 20 minutes but still managed 14 points and seven rebounds. Adrian Thomas added 13 points, including consecutive 3-pointers to trigger the comeback.

“Once I hit those, the crowd started getting into it,” Thomas said. “Everybody fed off the energy from the crowd. And then Malcolm went to work.”

The Hurricanes have won 18 consecutive nonconference regular-season games at home.

West Virginia’s Casey Mitchell scored 18 points but shot only 5 for 15, ending his four-game streak of at least 25 points. Teammate Kevin Jones had 14 points but shot 5 for 17.

Darryl Bryant scored 20 points while missing just one shot for the Mountaineers. They went 21 for 24 at the free-throw line but only 7 for 22 from 3-point range.

The inability to stop Miami is what really cost the Mountaineers, who gave up 34 points in the final 10 minutes. The Hurricanes drove through the Mountaineers’ man-to-man defense and shot over their zone.

“They started driving the basket, and they drove it at will,” Huggins said. “When we stopped the penetration, they made big shots.”



Jones 5-17 3-4 14, Kilicli 0-1 0-0 0, Flowers 4-7 5-5 13, Mitchell 5-15 5-7 18, Bryant 5-6 8-8 20, Thoroughman 0-1 0-0 0, West 0-0 0-0 0, Mazzulla 2-3 0-0 4, Jennings 2-2 0-0 4, Pepper 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 24-55 21-24 76.

MIAMI (6-2)

Gamble 1-2 0-0 2, Johnson 5-11 4-7 14, Scott 5-10 0-0 11, Grant 5-9 13-14 26, Adams 4-10 1-2 9, Akpejiori 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Kirk 1-2 0-0 2, Thomas 4-10 1-2 13, Jones 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 26-55 19-25 79.

Halftime—West Virginia 35-33. 3-Point Goals—West Virginia 7-22 (Mitchell 3-10, Bryant 2-3, Pepper 1-1, Jones 1-6, Mazzulla 0-1, Thoroughman 0-1), Miami 8-16 (Thomas 4-7, Grant 3-6, Scott 1-2, Adams  0-1). Fouled Out—Bryant. Rebounds—West Virginia 37 (Mitchell 7), Miami 31 (Johnson 7). Assists—West Virginia 14 (Bryant, Flowers, Mazzulla 3), Miami 10 (Grant, Thomas 3). Total Fouls—West Virginia 22, Miami 20. A—6,548.

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