MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — During stretches when Terry Henderson’s jump shots aren’t falling, he recoils into a low-impact version of himself, unable to hear his teammates over his own conscience.

Those teammates wish he’d ignore the C-word.

“Sometimes when he misses a couple of shots he tries to go away from it and do other things,” said West Virginia point guard Juwan Staten. “But we need him to shoot the ball. When he’s open he needs to let it fly.”

During an entertaining 87-81 win Wednesday night, Henderson let fly with certitude, scoring 20 of his career-best 28 points in the second half to one-up Texas Tech sharp-shooter Dusty Hannahs.

BOXSCORE: West Virginia 87, Texas Tech 81

Was it coincidence Henderson’s best college game occurred four days after his worst? Or did the fallout from his 1-for-8 bummer at Kansas State on Saturday trigger some suppressed aggression in the sophomore guard?

“(K-State) was probably the worst game of the season for me,” Henderson said. “I just knew I had to bounce back, had to come out and play harder, had to come out in attack mode.”

“Attack” essentially was the message Staten texted to Henderson after the Mountaineers returned from a 22-point mauling in Manhattan, Kan., where Henderson’s only bucket came late in the already-decided game. Staten wasn’t offering feel-good encouragement so much as be-good insistence.

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Henderson responded with two 3s on his way to eight points in the opening five minutes and WVU led 17-6. Upon missing his next three shots, however, and failing to score again the rest of the half, Henderson looked ripe to go quiet as WVU led just 40-39.

That’s when the prodding of teammates, and Henderson’s own inspiration to mimic his NBA heroes, sparked a 7-for-7 second half.

“I’ve been doing research during my down time—studying Ray Allen and guys like that,” he said. “Those guys are always looking at the next shot, not the last one. That’s something I’ve needed to work on.”

For a variety of reasons—from Remi Dibo’s benching, to Devin Williams’ foul trouble, to Texas Tech’s equally efficient 3-point shooting—West Virginia (11-8, 3-3 Big 12) needed Henderson to deliver far more than the two points he produced at K-State.

“I’ lying if I told you I thought he would go 10-of-13 and get 28, but I thought he would play much better,” Huggins said.

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A sizzling second-half shootout materialized between Henderson and Tech’s Hannahs, who nailed 7-of-7 from 3-point range—several from a spot on the right wing at least 25 feet from the basket. Though displeased about WVU letting such a heavily scouted shooter finding a comfort zone, Huggins admitted Hannahs dropped shots from beyond the range of typical defense.

“He made some shots that normally you’d say, ‘Let him shoot that,’” Huggins said. “There were a couple where Terry said he just didn’t think (Hannahs) would shoot it from that far.

“He had a heck of a game. I don’t think that’s the norm, but he had a heck of a game.”

While WVU’s Eron Harris credited Henderson for “playing with ultimate confidence,” he reserved some compliments for Hannahs: “He was feeling it tonight. I’ve got to give it to him. He’s a lot better than he was last year.”

The baby-faced Hannahs, a sophomore like Henderson, deflected postgame talk about the one-on-one matchup.

“He’s a great shooter that caught fire, and I guess I caught fire, too,” Hannahs said. “But they won—that’s all that matters.”

ON THE BOARDS
After being outrebounded 35-26 in Lubbock, West Virginia held a 29-26 edge in the rematch.

And the Mountaineers did so with leading rebounder Devin Williams on the bench for the final 14:39 after picking up his third and fourth fouls in compressed fashion.


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Comments

  • GFS

    Very nice win last night. We looked very good at times on both sides of the ball. Football recruiting note. I see the three star receiver, Chris Worton is listed as a soft verbal for Florida State and four star running back that we seemed to be in front, Donte Thomas Williams is visiting NC State this weekend. He had a very good visit with us last weekend. Was hoping ours was his last. I am sure NC state will put on the major push and instate guilt trip. Allan if you read this please add any news on these players or others.

  • GoEers

    This was a much needed win. WVU plays all ranked opponents starting Saturday thru Feb. 26th. That's unbelievable stretch of games. Such is life in the #1 rated RPI conference.

  • Charleston

    I am assuming since the Mountaineers won last night that we won't have a barrage of negative comments from Larry, Moe, and Curly......

    • stevewvu

      they are all very upset that wvu won

  • john b

    8 oclock game on a Wednesday night in not perfect weather conditions. Throw in a bad opponent and the fact we are still trying to find our identity and your going have less than stellar crowds.

  • steve

    Ever notice after a win there is nothing from William and the Master of Dumb?

  • TIRED OF BS

    where are the marshall trolls William (herd91) and OKANYDAY, since you are suppose to be big WVU fans, nothing to say on a win Huh? thats what I figured

    • stevewvu

      the trolls only come out when WVU loses...that gives them some relief from enduring another losing Marshall basketball season and a 26th straight year of missing the NCAA tournament

  • Jack

    Shooting was really good last night. Team seems to lose focus at times and their play gets sloppy. Need to improve on defense or they won't get too far in the Big 12 Tourney. They tend to play well when their confidence is high.

    • Red Dwarf

      "They tend to play well when their confidence is high." Gee, you think? LOL!

      • Jack

        You missed the point. Being a team of very young and inexperienced Division I players, their confidence can be destroyed real quick. You can see them playing with extreme confidence and playing hard and then something goes array and mistakes abound. I want this team to do well and I think they will be a force to reckon with in the future.

  • jay ziehm

    like woodchuck says the WVU women won last night as well (big) don"t get the publicity they deserve. were suppose to be on FM 94.3 they weren't but the men were. one win does not mean jack well see what they do against Oklahoma state. winning season in the big 12 in 2014 doubtful. But the women will wonder what kind of recognition they will get for that probably less than what the men will get for having A LOSING SEASON. lets GO MOUNTAINEERS especially the LADIES

    • justin

      yeah there is a reason why. womens bball is lame man.. give it a rest

      • shawn

        It may be lame to some but you should cheer for them no matter what.

      • wow

        Lame, I bet most of the girls on the team could take you in a game of one on one. Besides being able to dunk, they play better basketball than men's basketball. Besides, Justin, your posts are lame, but you still post them.

    • GoEers

      men's basketball team won, so jay ziehm complains about the coverage of the women's team. jay you are a whiny little girl.

  • 5toldU1s

    Weird. Actually Williams is an excellent free throw shooter.

  • Hop'sHip

    As one who has taken cheap shots at Dusty because he doesn't look like what I expect a basketball player should, I eat my crow and admit he is pretty good, with no double entendre intended with the use of the word "pretty".

  • wvrefugee

    You know, Huggs got into a car accident last night at 7 before the game at the corner of Burroughs and Pocahauntas???

    • Ron "from Morgantown"

      Wow , really ?

      • wvrefugee

        Yep!! We were shocked at how late he was coming to the Coliseum!! Three vehicles involved. Morgantown City Police responded. Check their records.

        • Ron "from Morgantown"

          How did you find out about it ? Hope nobody got hurt , I wonder who was at fault . Did the Police give Huggs a ride to the game ? He did his pre game show on time so he must have gotten there by 730 pm

          • wvrefugee

            We were there. Police escort to the game. Looked like fender benders from poor road conditions and driving too fast.

    • Hop'sHip

      Maybe he needs a designated driver. Maybe Remi could play that role since it looks like he might have no other role this season.

      • GoEers

        maybe you can do it and get yourself off of welfare

        • wow

          GoEers, You post at 12:40PM and at 4:32 PM, either you don't have a job or you are slacking at your job. At least Hop'sHip posted before work time.

  • Ron "from Morgantown"

    "And now let's roll out the carpet an listen to the public address announcer put us to sleep as he introduces the Mountaineers !" (Gun goes off ) .

    • Shawn H

      I agree with you Ron. Listening to him announce the team is almost as annoying as fingernails on a chalk board.

  • Ron "from Morgantown"

    Yes it was a much needed win but our basketball IQ remains low as we really really tried to gift the game to TT late . 5031 in attendance including concession workers , security , players , coaches , press , refs , and that lone electrician who is on call in case the scoreboard goes out. Such is life in the B12 .

    • Chris1529

      I was one of the 5031. It was actually a larger crowd than I expected.

      Have you seen any of TT's home games on TV? I think you could hear crickets in their arena.

      I think its time to go back to the A10. Its alot more fun to be at the top of the standings than the bottom.

      • Ron "from Morgantown"

        Are you a season ticket holder or a student ? How many games do you go to each year ?

        • Chris1529

          season ticket holder. All but 2-3.

      • 4WVUinKY

        I made the game...drove up from Lexington, KY area...first game I had the opportunity to go to in some time. Great game, great win, it's all good.

        It's an absolutely awesome day to be a Mountaineer...once, always, wherever!

        • tw eagle

          you better hope Huggins don't read this . . . he's liable to chain you to a seat in the bleachers . . . for luck , you know . . .

          • 4WVUinKY

            I have to say it was gratifying to be there for a W. These young men are good...they're just like the rest of us...they need life's lessons to reach their full potential. I want this team to do well and I hope they do. Either way, I'm a Mountaineer fan and hope to rub off on my grandchildren down here in Big Blue country.

            If you have a connection to Coach, call him and get me hooked up! I'll be there as much as I can and hope to make at least one more game. Perhaps TCU.

            It's an absolutely awesome day to be a Mountaineer...once, always, wherever!

        • GoEers

          glad you were able to make it...those of us that live within 30 minutes of morgantown don't realize how lucky we have it...props go out to you and all other fans who live an hour or further out and still make it to the games

          • tw eagle

            the only connection coach & I might have besides place of birth &love of WVU would be having a weakness for single barrel bourbon . . .

      • jwg66

        Pay in the A10 was lousy & the tournament was played in Philly I think. And there was no crowd. Don't miss those days at all. Hang in there, give this team time to develop.

    • Graywv

      It was a bad weather night, those that were their made some noise, I was also watching TCU -Oklahoma their was almost empty, lower level opposite camera-view you could count on both hands(Oklahoma is 25th) I have noticed this alt in every sport, money is tight, weather is bad, parking is costly-stay home in the comfort of your own home, were drinks aren't 8-10 dollors an food cost an arm & leg! Right now this is the Best basketball league in the country!

      • justin

        lame crowd. not enough love from the fans... too many haters..

        • hailey

          I was there in section 32 seat 12.... were you ?..or were you part of the lame crowd problem ?

          Much respect to Dusty, she was on fire last night...one of the best shooting performances I have seen for quite some time.

          • William

            Y would you go and seat in those terrible seats?
            Don't be so cheap Hailey, spend a little of your moldy money and sit in lower section!

        • wow

          Justin= Lame.

    • Aaron

      I watched a 14-4 Texas team play the 21st ranked Kansas State Wildcats in an arena in which three quarters of the seats in the viewing area were empty.

      Seems to me someone complaining about 5000+ on a night ravaged by single digit temperatures following close to foot of snowfall in the previous 24 hours is looking for something to gripe about.

      Why Ron?

      • Ron "from Morgantown"

        Just an observation not a complaint . But you and others bring up a good point , basketball attendance across the B12 ( save the state of Kansas ) seems to be very weak. I live a mile from the coliseum and a block from Mountaineer field and only occasionally go to games . I guess familiarity breeds contempt.

        • Aaron

          It's a great place to watch basketball.

        • Stan

          Thats just sad. I lived in Morgantown for 8 years and went to almost every game. If I still lived there I would still go to all the games.

        • Debra

          Come on Ron. Get with it. It's more fun to be there. By the way, can I park at your house during football season? Lol.

    • Just Passing Through

      Not very many college auditorium had a lot of attendance last night or this week in the upper half of the US because of the snow and cold weather..

  • Woodchuck

    The #18 ranked WVU women won last night too just in case someone wants to know.

    • tw eagle

      last time I paid attention to womens BB my mother was playing . . . and women were NOT allowed to bounce the ball more than once . . . modesty & decorum I guess . . .
      their league played in the old school gym in Westover . . . give you an idea of how old I am ?

      • wow

        If you want to see good fundamental basketball, watch the women play, more team ball and very high basketball IQ. Most of college men's basketball players think they are so good they can do it on their own and want to showboat. The women just play good pure basketball. So maybe you should watch for once in the last 50yrs.

  • William101

    Nice win against a team that had been playing good basketball. We had 4 players in double figures, and we played the last eight minutes or so w/o Devin, who sat on the bench with 4 fouls. In his absence, our smaller lineup stood up well. Devin still had 8 points, and we had 4 players in double figures. Not much for the naysayers to talk about on this Comment board today. When outside shots are fouling, that opens up the inside and makes us tough to beat.

    • Chris1529

      Heard Huggs on the postgame show. The main reason he kept Devin out the last few minutes is because of his foul shooting. Its low and Huggs new TT would just keep fouling him if he was left in.