MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — This time Juwan Staten never had a chance to make the game-winner. And West Virginia never had a chance after Baylor asserted its second-half dominance.
Staten scored 16 points and backcourt partner Eron Harris produced 32, but the rest of their teammates combined for seven baskets in an 88-75 loss. The illness-induced absence of third-leading scorer Terry Henderson left West Virginia unable to keep pace as Baylor piled up points.
“We could take the easy road out, and say we didn’t have Terry, but it’s not the first game we played without Terry,” Staten said.
“Yeah, it hurt not to have Terry tonight, but that’s not what killed us. The defensive end is what killed us.”
Coach Bob Huggins said West Virginia’s supporting cast didn’t capitalize once Baylor’s defense emphasized limiting Staten and Harris.
“Wannie’s getting 18 a game, Eron’s getting 17 a game and Terry’s getting like 13 a game and Terry wasn’t there,” Huggins said. “Scott Drew’s been around basketball his whole life, so it stands to reason he’s thinking, ‘Let’s guard those two.'”
Watch Staten’s complete postgame interview above.