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WVU forward Jimmy Bell (right) elevates for a floating jump shot over Xavier’s Jack Nunge during Saturday’s game between the teams at Cintas Center in Cincinnati.

CINCINNATI — West Virginia left Bob Huggins’ return to Cincinnati on Saturday dissatisfied with the product it showed on the floor, especially defensively.

The Mountaineers led for nearly 29 minutes, but Xavier outscored WVU by 17 in the second half and came away with an 84-74 victory at the Cintas Center in a Big East-Big 12 Battle matchup.