LUBBOCK, Texas — Juwan Staten’s stat line against Texas Tech looked monstrous: 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with five assists.

But his technical foul after making a layup with 4:06 left in regulation could have sabotaged the whole performance.

When West Virginia finally prevailed 89-86 in overtime—largely on the strength of Staten’s big night—the point guard professed relief that his mistake didn’t cost his team the game.

BOXSCORE: West Virginia 89, Texas Tech 86 (OT)

“I actually thought I got fouled (on the drive), but I didn’t say anything,” Staten said. “I turned around and looked just to see who it was I thought fouled me. I just looked at him, and (the officials) thought it was a tech, so it was a tech.

A technical that led to four points for the Red Raiders—two free throws by Dusty Hannahs and a jumper by Jaye Crockett on the plus-possession. That tied the game at 68-all, the first time Texas Tech hadn’t trailed since the 16-minute mark of the first half.

MORE: Henderson recounts game-tying 3-pointer

Though West Virginia coach Bob Huggins barked at officials for several possessions about the technical, he exercised diplomacy after the game and said he didn’t see what Staten did.

Staten sensed his coach might have seen plenty.

“I look over at Coach Huggs and he’s just giving me that look, so I definitely needed to do something to quiet their run,” Staten said. “I knew I needed to make plays because that could be a play that could come back to hurt us.”

After Texas Tech took a 71-68 lead, Staten’s jumper stopped the run. And when WVU trailed 77-74 exiting a timeout in the final 27 seconds, Staten found Terry Henderson flaring off a screen for the tying 3-pointer.

During overtime, the guard scored a team-high four points, including two free throws with 36 seconds left that gave WVU a two-possession lead.

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  • madhatter

    if by half time seats are still empty, i say move down, and enjoy.
    people not attending should notify the col. and gives the seats away for free.

    on a sader note,, imo, if we win 6 more games, i think we can certainly to have over achieved..
    next yr. lets shoot for .500

  • jdubindatub

    No one in class that's why the seats are empty. the coliseum will be rocking Saturday for Oklahoma state. can't wait. go eers

  • mark

    Wouldn't it be nice if all the season ticket holders in the lower level actually turned out for a game? I counted about a thousand no-shows from my lofty perch in section 76 at the last home game. But don't dare try to move down there to sit later. You'll be reprimanded.

    • Allen

      TCU and Tech seem to have crowd issues as well.

      • Greg

        That's a problem just about college has these days. Of course, students are out at many places now. But still there's no excuse for the rest of the fans not to make it to the games.

      • jeff wisdom

        Attendance: 5,005

  • William101

    A win quiets the naysayers who lurk on this board. I was happy for Staten that his brief show of emotion didn't end up costing us the game. Harris had an off night but scored 18, and Henderson was hitting on all cylinders. A win this Saturday would be wonderful and doesn't seem impossible coming off of two road wins.

  • Bob

    Errata: Always good to work on weaknesses following a win that is.

  • Bob

    Good road win again. Always good to work on weaknesses i.e. rebounding/boxing out: TT-36,
    WVU - 26 and free throws: TT made 22 and shot 86 %; WVU made 13 and shot 59%.
    Young pups coming along and we'll have to depend on Staten/H & H until the pups grow into monsters.
    Let's pack the place for the Pokes. Go Mounties.
    Denton, Texas

    • madhatter

      pups,, what does that mean"

      • wvufanatic

        I think by "pups" he meant freshmen Such as Williams, Adrian and Watkins I wish Noreen would get into the low some he seems a little off lately