West Virginia beats Marshall 74-64

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm •  Published: December 14, 2013
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Juwan Staten wanted the ball down the stretch with his team still looking for its first lead of the game and top scorer Eron Harris having an off night.

Coach Bob Huggins readily obliged.

Staten scored six of his 19 points over the final 4 minutes and West Virginia used a late 12-1 run to beat Marshall 74-64 on Saturday night.

"We got into a bind," Staten said. "We really weren't making shots. I told coach I thought I could get it done. I thought I could drive in the paint and make something happen. He told me to get off ball screens and try to make it happen, and that's what I tried to do."

After trailing for most of the game, West Virginia (7-4) won its third straight over its intrastate rival and the seventh out of the last eight tries. The Mountaineers improved to 31-11 all-time in the series.

Marshall (4-6) led 54-48 with 9 minutes left but fell flat down the stretch. West Virginia took its first lead, 63-62, on Staten's 3-point play with 3:41 remaining.

Marshall was held without a field goal over the final 5 minutes.

Terry Henderson added 13 points for West Virginia. Brandon Watkins and Gary Browne had 12 apiece and Harris scored 11.

Marshall redshirt freshman Kareem Canty scored 16 points and Chris Thomas and TyQuane Goard had 11 apiece.

West Virginia looked flat coming off an 80-76 home loss to No. 20 Gonzaga on Tuesday night. The Mountaineers had a season-high 16 turnovers and Harris, who came into the game averaging 19.3 points per game, was held to his second-lowest output of the season.

But Marshall shot 42 percent (25 of 60) from the floor and continued a season-long slump from the line, making 10 of 24 free throws.

"We contributed mightily to their win," said Marshall coach Tom Herrion. "We only have ourselves to blame. We beat ourselves tonight."

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