COLUMBIA, Mo. — Though Missouri had the nation’s longest active home winning streak, WVU point guard Juwan Staten said “we definitely felt we had a team that could come in here and win.”

Turns out West Virginia didn’t have that kind of team Thursday night, especially during the game’s first 30 minutes, when Mizzou raced out to a 25-point lead. The Mountaineers recovered to make it a single-digit game in the final two minutes, but Staten said the hole was too deep.

The Tigers held on for an 80-71 victory and won their 23rd consecutive game at Mizzou Arena.

“I think we got away from the game plan a lot in that first half,” he said. “We fell down early and that made it hard to fight back at the end.”

Staten’s team-high 16-point performance was anything but satisfying: He made only 5-of-13 shots from the floor and committed five turnovers against five assists. That’s a far cry from the astonishing season-long ratio he carried into the night of 60 assists and nine turnovers.)

Click on the video to see all of Staten’s postgame comments.

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  • clair thompson

    Oh but for a good big man. How long has it been since WV has had a legit center.

  • tw eagle

    i saw as many empty seats inmizzou as in the coliseum . . . no people , no noise , no reason for the Mountaineers to spend the
    first 20 minutes looking like deer on the
    highway frozen by the headlights . . . but that
    is what happened . . . or maybe they were
    overawed by the girth of the mizzou players. . .man , steroid city if I saw one . . .
    ex-UM coach who left under a cloud . . .

    I hope these Mountaineers find themselves soon . . . not to go into a game thinking we're gonna play like it's last one . . .
    they've got to realize they have a good game of their own - a Mountaineer game - to go into each game willing to put the effort into playing " your game " . . . the Mountaineer game that coach Huggins is teaching you . . .

    • Say What?

      WVU had probably the worst first half of Bball in recent memory. Worst shooting, even from the free throw line ( what's new). How the heck can WVU suck so bad at shooting a non-defended set shot?!? You guys better get your act together or it will be another long season of conference play. Practice shooting the ball more and your mouth less.