Flowers said his head coach had a brief message for the players at halftime.
"We played more solid defense, did our defensive assignments," Flowers said of the biggest difference in WVU's play between the two halves. "That's basically what the halftime speech was about -- doing our defensive assignments and doing what we're taught to do."
A big reason for the Mountaineers' early struggles may have been the absence of Flowers, who picked up two fouls in the first four minutes of the contest and spent the vast majority of the half on the bench as a result.
That rarely bodes well for West Virginia, as Flowers is the team's leader in plus/minus ratio. He was a plus-214 for the season coming into Thursday afternoon's game. Thus, it is pivotal that he avoids foul trouble.
"I know I can help my team more if I stay out of foul trouble," Flowers said of his time on the bench in the first half. "That's been a struggle for me all year ... it was frustrating to sit over there and watch my team fight and there's nothing I can do about it. I hate that."