MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The combination of Juwan Staten struggling through a 2-of-10 shooting night and Eron Harris making only 4-of-13 could have given Loyola-Maryland hopes of springing an upset.

But with West Virginia’s supporting cast picking up the slack, the Mountaineers coasted to their largest blowout in six years, 96-47.

“Teams can’t focus in on one guy,” said Staten after scoring a season-low four points. “When we’ve got five guys on the floor capable of making shots, teams have to play us honest. If they take something away, it means they’re leaving someone else open.

“We have a lot of players who can make a lot of shots.”

Photos, highlights and Allan Taylor’s analysis

Reserves Remi Dibo and Terry Henderson scored 19 and 16 points respectively, combining on 12-of-16 shooting. Even Kevin Noreen, typically known for his statistically-overlooked garbage work, added 13 first-half points while making all five of his shots.

Nathan Adrian scored an efficient 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting. The freshman from Morgantown High was 3-of-4 from 3-point range, and is among four Mountaineers shooting better than 46 percent from behind the arc.

The 49-point margin of victory was WVU’s widest since beating Maryland-Eastern Shore 110-44 on Nov. 27, 2007. It came despite Harris missing 7-of-8 shots in the opening half, when he was so out of sorts he even clanked both foul shots. (Those stood out on a night when WVU sank 19-of-22 at the foul line.)

“I felt so enthusiastic before the game, but I came out and I think I was trying to force too much,” said Harris, who committed three turnovers in the opening half. “I came out in the second half and slowed down in my mind, took my time and made some shots.

“I’m still mad I missed two free throws, though.”


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Comments

  • 5toldU1s

    Go Mountaineers!!!! Beat Mizzou!!!!

  • WVU FAN

    Good win! I like the changes Huggs has made in the off season. Young team and they have a lot to learn, I will enjoy watching them get better every game.

    Let's goooooooo! Mountaineeeeers!!!!

  • Big Larry's Wife

    My husband will not get on that fancy typewriter until he cleans the basement and takes me to Golden Coral without Tom and William.

    What was that you mumbled Larry?!

  • Dave

    What a nice start to our basketball season. THANKS HUGGS FOR FIXIN IT !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Juan

    We'll at least we can count on other players to step up when the two best players struggle!

  • WVAtty

    Went with this team to Cancun. They love one another, they like playing with one another, the chemistry is there. Bob has made a tremendous turnaround with this team and they ARE going to be special. Maybe not this year, but next few years of WV bball is going to be lights out.

    Keep em rolling Huggs.

  • shawn

    Big Larry? William? Hello....are you in here?

    • Steve

      It is amazing how 1 bad year makes you a terrible coach and 740+ wins don't count for anything. Huggs just wants it done his way.

    • Greg

      They're too busy posting negative comments on the football stories. Don't worry, Doom and Gloom will be back next time the basketball team loses.

    • WVAtty

      LOL

      Amazing isn't it??

      Bob "Sweatsuit" Huggins has a team now that can play and the trolls all roll back under their rocks.

      Good riddance to both of em.

  • Joe

    Very proud of this team.