MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Despite all the parables about being resilient and putting a three-game losing streak in the rear-view mirror, Juwan Staten sensed his teammates were on dangerous, depressing ground.

“Coming off of three straight losses, heads were starting to hang a little bit,” Staten admitted after West Virginia stopped its slide by beating Texas Tech 87-81 on Wednesday night.

“We were starting to get down on ourselves, but our coaches did a great job of keeping the energy level up in practice and getting us to go out there and compete like we knew we could.”

Despite being held scoreless during the game’s opening 13 minutes, Staten finished with 16 points. He also handed out seven assists, snatched five rebounds and made three steals—all while committing only a single turnover.

Two weeks after his 25-point performance in Lubbock, Staten became a force again.

“It’s hard when you have a point guard like Juwan who can break you down and go by two guys and three guys,” Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. “We were just awful once he got to the basket as far as contesting the shot. We didn’t do a good job of bodying him. It looked like we were just jumping out of the way, because of his ability to maneuver and shot fake.

“And when he wasn’t doing that, he was finding his teammates for open shots. With seven assists, he was outstanding. It’s tough to guard.”

Watch Staten’s postgame interview above.

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Comments

  • Matt

    Juwan is one of the top 5 point guards in NCAA D 1 basketball. He brings it EVERY night against top quality opponents. There is no disputting this!

  • wvu fan

    Rock solid have u ever played basketball? I have always said don't ever critique someone on what u can't do better. He played the best point guard in college an matched his numbers he also is the reason this team has even won 11 games. The future is bright but u sir are not. An yes I will say it he is gonna be the best point in college next year. Go wvu!

  • cutty77

    This Team is giving all it has,it just doesn't have enough Real players to hold up in The Big 12. But the future looks Bright.

  • JT

    One on one, staten may be the best point gaurd in the country and he is definately the leader on this team. Next year he could very well be touted as the best point man in college basketball.

    • Rock Solid

      @jt: Glad you are so happy with Staten but you are delusional if you think he is even close to the best guard in the country. Good but not great.