CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Like everyone watching inside the Charleston Civic Center, Juwan Staten recognized West Virginia enjoyed a monumental talent advantage over William & Mary.

So by the end of Sunday afternoon’s 82-45 runaway, the point guard was cautious about what WVU had accomplished.

“It’s hard to say because of the level of competition,” Staten said. “But we played well, we defended. It’s a confidence-builder.”

Staten certainly looked confident enough, posting 15 points and six assists. And upon grabbing his 10th rebound with 3:22 remaining, the junior had the second double-double of his college career. The first came Nov. 24, 2010, during his freshman season at Dayton, when he compiled 10 points and 10 assists against Florida A&M.

No play was more emphatic than Staten grabbing a defensive rebound in the first half and racing toward the other end, where he elevated over Tribe guard Terry Tarpey for a rim-rattling dunk.

It brought to mind the dunk Staten hammered home at Virginia Tech only to be erased by a foul call. Which was more satisfying?

“I’ll say the one tonight, because it counted,” Staten said.

Teammate Terry Henderson, who was trailing on the play, agreed that Staten’s explosive jam sparked West Virginia.

“That dunk really set it off,” Henderson said. “I was hyped—I was right behind him. He was way up over the rim.”

Though West Virginia (8-5) was only a 9-point favorite over William & Mary (6-5), it led 41-24 at half and pulled out to a 40-point lead in the final four minutes.

“We went out and handled them,” Staten said. “It just goes to show that if we play the way we’re supposed to play, we can win games.”

See Staten’s postgame comments above.

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Comments

  • William

    I love Bobby Huggins! ;p

  • wvajoker

    Yeah, OK, I thought they looked alike.

  • Troll

    Guess he's not on your level of competition huh?

  • madhatter

    well done my friend,, now do it against some competition because the real season begins now.

    if wvu could just split the conf schedule we would win a total of 17 games,, to me , this would be a very successful season. let me retrack that, it would be an ok season.
    win a couple tourn. games and go to the nit.
    that's about all i think we can hope for..
    we don't rebound, playing a respectable team , we don't shoot well,, so it's gonna be a struggle to win those 9 league games,,
    OK huggie, earn you money for a change.

    • Allen

      Is that madhater or madhatter you use as a profile?

      • Just passing through

        William in disguise

        • madhatter

          nope , just a loyal eer and alum stating the truth and being realistic , i am not william or larry,,, i do use big tom sometimes