MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Less than 24 hours before it was scheduled to board a plane for Cancun, West Virginia made sure to take care of its last piece of business at home.

Behind 19 points from Eron Harris, a double-double by Devin Williams and another all-around productive game from Juwan Staten, the Mountaineers pummeled Presbyterian 88-55 before a crowd of 5,067 at the WVU Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

West Virginia (4-1) put the game away with a 28-6 run over the final 10 minutes of the opening half to lead 48-22.

“We have more guys who can make shots—it’s really pretty simple,” said coach Bob Huggins. “You look like a good offensive coach whenever the ball goes in.”

Boxscore: West Virginia 88, Presbyterian 55

For the second straight game West Virginia led wire-to-wire, building the margin to 39 points in the second half. Huggins had his team experiment with a halfcourt trap and 1-3-1 zone during portions of the blowout.

“This game was about us working on us and us getting better,” Huggins said.

“I kinda like this. I don’t know why I’m playing Purdue and Gonzaga and all them other people. I kinda like this—it’s a little more relaxing sitting over there.”

Photo gallery: West Virginia rolls to 4-1

Presbyterian coach Gregg Nibert offered high postgame praise for WVU’s backcourt.

“We tried to do everything we could to try to stop Juwan Staten and Eron Harris, and despite our attempts they were still 7-of-10 and 7-of-15,” Nibert said. “They are two tremendous guards that could be top two at their position in the country, in terms of how they complement each other.”

Staten finished with 16 points, seven assists and zero turnovers. The junior point guard now has 38 assists against only four turnovers all season—a differential that could loom large with stiffer opposition awaiting in Cancun next week. WVU meets Old Dominion in Tuesday’s semifinal before facing either Wisconsin or St. Louis on Wednesday.

“We’re talking about the schedule down there (in Cancun) and what they need to bring, and Juwan Staten says, ‘Listen—this isn’t a vacation. This is a business trip.’ We haven’t had that in a while,” Huggins said.

Remi Dibo made 4-of-8 from 3-point range and added 14 points, and Williams produced 11 points and 11 rebounds, helping WVU to a 40-28 rebounding edge.

Jordan Downing led Presbyterian (1-5) with 18 points, but the Blue Hose shot 39 percent and committed 19 turnovers to West Virginia’s nine.

“Their defense, combined with our quick shots, really took us out of the game,” Nibert said. “(Huggins) has a heck of a team. My hat’s off to them. I think they will be nationally ranked sooner rather than later.”

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Comments

  • Moon

    Tickets for Students!

    Students now have to go through the stupid process of submitting in advance via email for tickets.....wake up. That costs us many students at football and now at basketball....knock it off. 4800 fans. My daughter thought she could not go...then at the last minute....she could....she is a student...a student athlete....tough for you girl...too late. It is terrible for football too. STOP THIS STUPID POLICY. WE NEED STUDENTS AT GAMES AND...JUST LIKE US...THEY DO NOT PLAN AHEAD.

  • MoMoney

    It is easy to "fix it" when you play a long string of Cupcake U.'s.
    That being said, this team looks much better than the last two. Good luck in Cancun.

  • Mister Man

    Thank goodness we don't have to play Morehead State and Stephen F. Austin.

  • Mister Man

    I can tell by the way the players talk, and the way they play, this team is way different than last year's. I don't know if these guys are good enough to make the tourney. I'm hoping they steadily improve. Coach seems to have them heading in the right direction. Go Mountaineers.

  • Toadman

    The journey is just beginning but I'll have to admit they are coming together better than I expected. Bigger teams will probably give us trouble but we'll take it one step at a time. As long as they continue to learn, improve and grow that will help. I also wish we had a big man to help solidify things but we have to go with what we got. So far, so good. Good job Huggs ... Let's goooooo Mountaineers!

  • GregG

    Maybe since Hugs has weeded out the want-a-be thugs and selfish players of last year we can get back to playing ball. Looks pretty go so far. These kids show more "team" and less "look at me. And win or lose, that's what I like to see. Work hard, work together and listen to Hugs. That was what we were lacking last season.

  • Big Larry

    We can all now breathe a welcome "Sigh of Relief" because it looks like that after five (5) years Huggins has finally "Fixed it".

    Yes, things are definitely looking up after beating Georgia Southern and a very talented 1-5 Presbyterian team.

    Huggins has once again made all proud to be Mountaineer Fans because judging from these last two victories, WVU is definitely a lock for the NCAA tournament and maybe even a Sweet 16 appearance!

    Actually, I just made that last part up. But it's a good one, isn't it? I almost believed it myself, and I'm the guy who made it up!

    • Carl White

      I've got a good one for you little " douche bottle" larry.....What do Holgerson and little "man in douche bottle" larry have in common ?....Not a thing because little larry is a custom douche bottle.......

      • Big Larry

        Carl,

        I'm not offended by what you say. I'm just glad that you're stringing words into sentences now.

        • Carl White

          Just give me time douche bottle.I'll hit a nerve eventually.

        • Mister Man

          Hey Marshall Larry, Morehead State and SFA?

  • Daniel

    Let me start by saying this: I am a "true" Mountaineer Fan and it's a great day to be a Mountaineer fan...wherever I may be! Right now I am in Asia teaching English as Second Language. I wear my colors proudly! I represent our state and our University with great pride. Yes, I am an alum. The people that like to hate will always hate. I choose to look at the other qualities of our state and what it represents, other than the sports teams. I don't care if they are winning or losing, as long as they play by the rules! I will always believe that West Virginia's best days lie ahead. Whether that be in sports, politics (different story), and our way of life. If you disagree, you are part of the problem and not part of the solution. With that being said, be thankful for what you do have, where you are, who you may be with and what the future holds in store for all West Virginians! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Let's Go....Mountaineers!

  • justme

    Much more fun to watch then last years team. If not this year top 15 team next year

  • Barry

    Before everyone gets too excited remember we just "hosed" a 1-5 team. If anything is apparent about the comments on this site (including my own) it is that our highs are too high and our lows are too low. We still have not played a quality opponent yet. That being said, I really like the look of the team and see alot of potential.

    • Mike

      Just wish we had a couple more big board-bangers. Only thing missing.

  • Dave

    I realize it's still early but I see great potential with this team as long as they stay healthy. Thank you Coach Huggins for "fixin it". Thank you Mountaineers for working hard and playing team ball. Sure looks like that new practice facility is paying dividends. Keep it up team and let's go win us a tournament down in Mexico.

    LET'S GOOOOOOO MOUNTAINEERS !!!!!

  • leroy j gibbs

    This is what a hof coach does. He fixes it

  • Joe

    Quick question to Allan and rest....how do the new defensive rules impact our style of play? Can we correllate the new rules with our significantly improved scoring?

    Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    Joe

    • J the C

      Joe, I think it will obviously hurt us, given the aggressive style that Hugs wants our boys to assume. This will be felt especially underneath, given that we don't have many big guys. Because this is a subjective thing, my bet is that the officials will back off if it slows down the game too much.

      • squad

        that makes it guard oriented and drive and dish.. what do you think harris staten do well?? it DISFAVORES SIZE

  • Grant

    Hard to judge just how good this team is given the schedule this far. However, I think it is clear that this is a MUCH better shooting team, and it appears to be a much more mature one as well.

  • PhotoBoothe

    Nothing speculative about this team passing and shooting light-years better than WVU did the last two years. Looks like an NCAA caliber team even if TC and the Sportsline gurus won't say that yet.
    Agreed with Mike, if they had the other two players for depth there's no telling how far this team could go.
    Disagree with Hip, I love the headline. Hopefully we'll Badger Wisconsin after we Crown Old Dominion. Here's to collaring the (Gonzaga) Bulldogs too!
    Besides, when it's this cold out, all the "Hoes" are "Blue..."