MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Join Allan Taylor from the WVU Coliseum, where West Virginia and Purdue face off Sunday afternoon in a nonconference matchup.

With the Boilermakers unable to seal the game at the foul line, West Virginia had a final chance to tie with 4.3 seconds left. Off a missed free throw, Harris rushed into the forecourt and pulled up for a desperation 3, but Purdue’s Terone Johnson deflected it. Harris finished with 24 points, but the Mountaineers slip to 7-5 and will go into the Christmas break without a quality win.
PURDUE 70, WEST VIRGINIA 65 — 35.9 second half
The Boilermakers are 281st nationally in free-throw shooting and have missed 2-of-3 here in the late going, giving West Virginia a small window to rally. But WVU just isn’t making shots today—something you’d expect the Mountaineers to do at home.
PURDUE 67, WEST VIRGINIA 60 — 2:05 second half
Whether it was Nate Adrian missing an open 3 from the top of the key or Watkins watching a near tip-in roll off the rim, West Virginia had several chances to tie or take the lead against Purdue, but to no avail. Terone Johnson has 17 points to lead Purdue, while Harris (21) and Williams (20) are trying to keep WVU in it. But Purdue’s help defense has done a stellar job keeping Staten away from the rim.
PURDUE 55, WEST VIRGINIA 52 — 7:05 second half
Harris and Williams are giving the Mountaineers life—Harris with his aggressive drives (19 points) and Williams with his fight on the boards (10 rebounds). WVU has narrowed the rebounding deficit to 37-32. But at 2-of-14 from 3-point range, West Virginia is due to knock down some perimeter jumpers sooner or later. Henderson is just 1-of-6 from long range despite having some open looks.
PURDUE 52, WEST VIRGINIA 44 — 10:28 second half
Huggins calls timeout as WVU’s defense has slipped and Purdue opens its biggest lead of the game. Kendall Stephens was left alone on the wing for a 3-pointer and Bryson Scott—one of Purdue’s prized freshmen—sank an open midrange jumper. Purdue is shooting 40 percent as the Mountaineers have played various zones.
PURDUE 47, WEST VIRGINIA 43 — 11:34 second half
Harris just made a Kobe-like turnaround fadeaway on the baseline, and followed it up with a jumper in the lane. That gives him 15 points overall and six in the span of four minutes as he’s clearly looking to show some offensive aggression. But Purdue has a 10-6 edge in second-half rebounds and a 32-25 edge overall. (Foul update: Adrian and Watkins have three each for WVU.)
PURDUE 40, WEST VIRGINIA 35 — 15:35 second half
Terone Johnson’s 3 and Ronnie Johnson’s layup made it a seven-point lead for the Boilermakers out of halftime. (Wasn’t Purdue supposed to stink on the road?) Staten tried to restore order with a coast-to-coast drive and slam, but his contested dunk attempt ricocheted off the back rim. A Harris layup stopped the Purdue run.
PURDUE 35, WEST VIRGINIA 33 — Halftime
Travis Carroll’s putback with three seconds left staked the Boilermakers to a slim halftime lead. It also gave Putdue a 22-19 edge in rebounds. For WVU, Williams had a monstrous first half with 12 points and seven rebounds. (He also had a free throw wiped off by a lane violation on Remi Dibo.) Harris has nine points while Staten has only four. … Purdue got seven first-half points each from the Johnson brothers (Terone and Ronnie) and the exquisitely named Basil Smotherman.
PURDUE 30, WEST VIRGINIA 27 — 3:27 first half
Harris has nine points, including a spinning runner in the lane on which he had to find loft over 7-footer A.J. Hammons. Speaking of Hammons, he has four points and six rebounds off the bench, asserting himself like a talented big man should. However, right before the media timeout he picked up his second foul. Purdue has 11 in the half. WVU has eight fouls, including two on Staten.
WEST VIRGINIA 23, PURDUE 22 — 7:11 first half
Devin Williams hits two face-up jumpers and has six points and five rebounds in 10 minutes of action. He also hit two free throws, which is noteworthy for a freshman who entered today as a 47-percent foul shooter. Kevin Noreen checked in a 9:41 mark and checked out 38 seconds later with two fouls. One, on a high-post screen, was questionable; the second, a body-block on Boilermakers guard Terone Johnson, was not.
WEST VIRGINIA 14, PURDUE 14 — 11:55 first half
Purdue reeled off eight unanswered points to knot the game. The rebounds are even at 10-all, but WVU’s shooting has tailed off in the last few minutes, down to 29 percent. The Boilermakers have been whistled for five fouls to West Virginia’s two, but Purdue’s much deeper bench can absorb that.
WEST VIRGINIA 14, PURDUE 12 — 12:30 first half
WVU’s 14-6 lead doesn’t last long. After Purdue coach Matt Painter sends in five reserves, Kendall Stephens and Sterling Carter hit back-to-back 3s and Bob Huggins calls timeout.
WEST VIRGINIA 9, PURDUE 6 — 15:21 first half
Eron Harris had an opening shot airball but responded with a pull-up 3 and a midrange 2. Also the Brandon Watkins Experience continues: He was WVU’s first player off the bench—building off that stellar showing against Marshall—and quickly grabbed two boards and a steal. Is it too late to nominate this kid for the Wooden Award?
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  • Master of One

    "It's my fault and I'll fix it," coach Bob Huggins said. "I'm the one that's supposed to coach 'em. I'm the one that recruited 'em."
    Bob Huggins December 11, 2012

    “In the end, that’s what’s wrong. But I understand; I recruited them; I’ll fix it.”
    Bob Huggins January 3, 2013

    So I asked the coach. I asked how concerned he is for the program's immediate future considering what he's seen this season.

    "I'll fix it, Mitch," he replied. "I'll fix it."
    Bob Huggins February 23, 2013

  • madhatter

    once again, huggie says he's going to "fix it",,, seems a repeating phrase,so how many on this team will not be back next yr, and once again, we will be considered a "young team",,,,,i guess this is huggie's eternal alibi... we're too young right now to compete in the big 12,,hummmmmm he must havea book of excuses, , but "we're this close to being good",,
    Don't get me wrong , i like huggie, i thought it was a great hire, and when he took beilein's boys to the final four, i was impressed,,, the last three yrs, and now starting into the fourth, no impressed.

  • madhatter

    we're not far away from being good....humm holgie says the same thing
    huggie, we heard the same ole excuses the last three yrs, and we continue our nose dive with you,,,you run everyone off, and now we're very young,, so after this season, how many will you run off?
    with the AD in your hip pocket, and making a fortune, why walk away...
    Huggie we've heard all this crap before,, and we're still losing....
    and you tells us again today, that your'e GONNA FIX IT... sounds like last yr...
    we're gonna a be pretty good.

  • We've Fallen

    and we can't get up.


    Huggs just seems to be biding time at WVU. There is no reason he doesn't field a better basketball team for our Mountaineers, as a member in the BIG12; because we came from a great basketball conference in the BE. Excuses, appear to be the norm with Huggs over the past two years than at anytime before. And his attire during these two years reminds me of a "snuff" salesman, and emulates a laid-back person. Is he trying to be different in his attire like Bobby Knight, or can he not get anything else to cover his gut ? Huggs is a heck of a long way from achieving a record comparison to Bobby Knight; and Knight looked a heck of a lot better in a sweater, than Huggs looks in a mini-tent !

  • Low Rider

    Unless we upset some teams in Big 12 play, WVU will not be post-season bound in 2014…NIT included. Currently 6 Big 12 teams are in the RPI top 30.

    WVU is too undisciplined on defense, and stands around too much on offense to beat good teams. The Purdue team that beat us today was a very average team. WVU will get crushed on the road at places like Kansas, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, et al.

  • Big Larry

    All the comments thus far are pretty much spot on...

    The paid Huggins Trolls usually don't show up until a day or two after a loss.

    I wasn't real impressed with Purdue, they kept trying to give the game to WVU who obviously didn't want it.

    No signature non conference wins for WVU does not look good to the NIT selection committee. I predicted a 15 game season. The may surpass that by a game or two.

    And No...the future looks no better. Holton and Macon seemingly cannot make the grades so hoping they will get on board & save the day is just "wishful thinking".

    Is WVU getting their money's worth from Bob Huggins? The big guy only works 6 months a year so that is basically "$500,000.00 a month. You have to admire Huggins, he keeps sticking it the State of West Virginia and WVU and nothing can be done to stop it.

    Thanks to the unconditional iron-clad contract for life given to him by Oliver Bad Luck, he can not even be fired. Huggins will coach until he is 90 and there is nothing anyone can do or say about it.

    Do I like Bob Huggins? NO. Do I admire him? Absolutely. We all can learn from him...He is a great con man who should be admired by all, elevated and praised!

    Anyway, that is just my opinion and I think everyone is entitled to hear it.

    • Benthere

      Actually somewhat of a sad situation with Bob Huggins....he reminds me of an old boxer that just does not know when to get out of the ring. He physically looks and acts the part. I respected the way Don retired. He basically said it was time for someone else, and it was young mans game. Sooner or later Bob Huggins has to come to grips with reality of his situation. Kids don't want to play defense they want shoot and score.....this is why I think he has trouble with recruiting. The NBA plays one game and that's all see this and that's model and where they want to be.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Problems showed vs. a good team today. Defensive breakdowns and 3 pt. shots taken were hurried & not on balance. But Wait -
    This young starting lineup: Harris, Staten, Henderson, Watkins, and Williams by year end can be molded into a powerful force. Now, the talent is there. Could Ole Sasquatch be wrong?

    • Loch Ness

      Staten was weak to average today
      Henderson's game was hairy, has been all year.
      Watkins couldn't put a golf ball in the ocean
      2 out a five ain't bad.

      Your theory is underwater Sasquatch.

    • Big Larry

      Not only can he be wrong...he IS wrong.

      • Ole Sasquatch

        I did'nt know you were like that.

  • Benthere

    I bet the goose is flying tonight in the Basketball Practice palace. Should have built two.....doesn't seem like the first one is making much of a difference.

  • Rick

    thank god there's womens bb. the guys would do great if it was pick-up playground ball but organized bb, they suck...

  • leroy j gibbs

    Its back to the catlett years I'm afraid

  • RJ

    Face up to the truth Mountaineer Nation--WVU is at the best a mediocre team. Get use to it.No excuses should have won this game. Huggs has his excuses lined up again. Merry Christmas!!!

    • madhatter

      the marsha game said it all,,, playing against a very sub par team with their leading scorer benched, we were behind for 38 minutes, struggling to do anything. this game should have told us just how bad we really are,,,the big 12 is gonna eat us alive,,,

      we win maybe just maybe 14 games this yr, and huggie keeps laughing in Luck';s face with his salary. what a huge black mark in our long term signing of hoglie and's so sad it's almost comical

  • J Naismith

    The assistant coaches were looking at Huggs like the crew of the Andrea Gail looked at Capt Billy Tyne, wondering if he's lost his touch.

    I hope it ends better for Huggs than it did for Capt Billy.

  • Mike

    Can't get over the top against any major schools. Going to be a long season. Maybe it will get fixed next year, but he better get some tough inside bigs, and not depend on either Macon or Holton.

  • tw eagle

    staten belongs at the END of the bench . . .he can't score enough points to overcome his deficiencies on defense . . .

    Williams &Adrian played a "full" game 40 minute effort TY . . .

    the WVU guards have to realize they are the setup guys for the wingers & center . . . the O
    doesn't exist for them to shoot, shoot, shoot . . .

    is coach Huggins medications keeping him from getting involved in games ? WVU site asks if coach will reach 1000 wins . . . better question , will coach survive this year(and I don't mean being fired) and avoid a 20- loss record . . .

    bottom line . . . WVU guards need to feed ball (or drive) one side of the lane to create an opening on the other side for wingman to have uncontested shot . . . driving into 3 defenders and taking a jumper , even if you make the shot , ain't SMART basketball . . .