Head coach Bob Huggins was thoroughly displeased with his starters in the second half against Robert Morris, so he wasted no time in yanking them. Just 24 ticks were gone off the clock when he pulled them and inserted Joe Mazzulla, Deniz Kilicli, Jonnie West, Dalton Pepper and Cam Thoroughman.
The move, which isn't a unique one for Huggins, sparked West Virginia after a flat first half. The Mountaineers, leading by just four points at the break, immediately pushed out to a 20-point lead and cruised home with the win.
"That might be the earliest I've done it in a half, but I did it a minute and a half into the game once," Huggins said.
For his part, Thoroughman noted that he had never seen it done that early, but that he wasn't surprised, given Huggins' displeasure with West Virginia's lackluster effort.
In this interview, Thoroughman discusses West Virginia's improved play in the second half, its success in getting the ball inside, and the way in which the team responded to the five-in, five-out substitution.