MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Eron Harris poured in 33 points and Juwan Staten added 28—both career highs—but West Virginia still needed a 14-1 run in the final seven minutes to pull away from Duquesne 96-83 on Sunday at the WVU Coliseum.

“Winning is a lot better than losing,” said Harris, who made 12-of-19 from the floor, and 6-of-8 from 3-point range. “It’s good to get this good win. It’s not just a little-bitty win, seeing as they beat us last year.”

Staten made 7-of-11 from the floor and 14-of-19 foul shots as WVU (2-1) avenged a loss to Duquesne in Pittsburgh last season.

“Eron is definitely a great scorer and he’s really coming into that role of being a scorer,” Staten said. “I’ve always been a scorer myself. But when we’re both on and scoring, it is pretty difficult to guard us—especially with the new rules that they put in because it puts a lot of pressure on the defense.”

Staten and Harris combined to shoot just 7-of-29 shooting during Tuesday’s loss to Virginia Tech.


Freshman Devin Williams put together his best game yet as a Mountaineer, finishing with a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He picked up that 10th and final rebound within the last minute of the game.

“I didn’t think I was going to get it,” Williams said. “I was sweating, I just had to get it. It feels good to continue on the rebounding side. I just have to be patient offensively and continue to do my job, which is rebounding.”

Williams also knocked down a couple of mid-range jumpers early in the game after being left open.

“That felt good—they were playing back off of me,” Williams said. “I wasn’t thinking about making the shots, they just felt like rhythm shots and good shots. The main thing I’m worried about is getting to the free-throw line and knocking those down.”

Overall, he went just 2-of-6 from the foul line. WVU as a team wasn’t much better, finishing the day 20-of-34 for 58.8 percent.

West Virginia guard Gary Browne, still nursing a deep thigh bruise, didn’t play on Sunday. Guard Terry Henderson, however, played a more significant role as he continues to recover from a shin injury—he finished with seven points in 27 minutes of action. One of his two 3s came during the late run that gave West Virginia breathing room.

“Terry and Juwan worked together,” said coach Bob Huggins. “Terry and Eron are very capable of making 3s and they did that. We went from being up by four to being up by 10. When you look at the scoreboard, you feel a lot more comfortable when it shows you’re up by 10. We got a couple of shots. They weren’t containing us defensively and I’m happy with that.”

WVU was outrebounded by Duquesne 39-30 and watched the Dukes (1-2) shoot 45.5 percent, putting up 83 points.

“We just have continue to guard,” Staten said. “We start picking up a lot of fouls early and that makes us tentative on the defensive end. That’s when we start giving up easy baskets. Or when we get a lead, slack off some on defense—that’s just mental. We need to step up our mental part of the game.”

WVU returns to action on Thursday from the Coliseum against Georgia Southern in preliminary game of the Cancun Challenge.

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Comments

  • don

    I like this group of players. Huggs will teach them to defend; that's his strong point
    At least now we have the basketball program heading in the right direction. I can see a 20 win season, with a really great year next season. Good recruits, Huggs.

  • mark

    Will know what we have when we play decent teams. The new rules are custom made for Staten and Harris. If I'm Huggs we're driving to the hole relentlessly. Absolute shame we don't have Macon and Holton for Big 12 play when size really becomes a factor.

  • chad

    Like how this team is playing right now. Even in the loss to VTech you could see this team has a chance to gel and come together to win some ball games. Will we win the Big 12?No, but we should win more than we lose this year

  • William

    Look at all those empty seats at the coliseum, that is very sad.
    It might get much worst, for a long time

    • hailey

      Wow William your english is just plain bad, you may want to come out your mommies basement and try reading a book versus trolling...you continue to embarass yourself and the rest of the Marshall fan base

    • Alum

      While on the topic of empty, let's talk about all that air that is in your head in lieu of gray matter.

    • wes2003

      Troll hard, Willie.

    • shawn

      Look at that empty basement you live in.

    • Dave

      I'm going to get one of those empty seats next game.

      LET'S GOOOOOO MOUNTAINEERS !!!!!!!!!!!.

    • WVAtty

      Never a positive thing to say ... Just shut up. Please. Nobody will miss you.

    • Greg

      Might get much worst? Or much worse? I'M LOVIN IT! Your ignorance that is.

  • Dave

    I like this team. They play unselfish ball. They pass it around good and they don't turn the ball over that much for such a young team. Staten looks like a different guy out there compared to last year. Staten and Harris was lighting it up today. Devin Williams had a monster game for a Freshman (double/double). But, as a team we need to box out and rebound better. I think they're doing good with the new rule changes. All and all, that was a great job out there today. Keep it up Mountaineers.

    LET'S GOOOOOO MOUNTAINEERS !!!!!!!!!!!.

  • Steve

    They are a fun team to watch, but need to play better defense.

    Looking forward to this season.

    • leroy jethro gibbs

      defense is tougher this year with the new hand check rules, cant afford the fouls
      rebounding could be better tho

  • wvguy

    In 3 games this team looks more confident and cohesive than all of last year. Looks as if Williams is gonna be a very good player.

  • Dave in Motown

    Why would you play Staten 40 minutes against Duquesne??? Sure would think this would be a game to rest him a bit and get the others some playing time.

    • Josh

      You do realize the Dukes beat us last year ? Also, Huggins don't believe in resting players .

      • J the C

        "...Huggins don't believe..." Nice!

    • Jr Tootens

      With gary Browne out he had too. Gary will spell him a lot once he gets healthy

  • Billy

    I have hopes for a fairly good year. If the freshmen continue to get better, this team may be in most of the games. And next year we could be really good. They are doing a lot better than last year.