Huggins said he believes both can play when the Mountaineers open the season at home at 8 p.m. Friday against Mount St. Mary's
WVU started Adrian and fellow freshman Devon Williams with Kevin Noreen in the frontcourt and Staten and Harris in the backcourt. Adrian wasn't in awe of the moment and made a 3-pointer at the top of a zone defense on WVU's first shot. He then blocked a shot and grabbed a defensive rebound before making a second 3 only 2:35 into the game.
His sixth 3 put WVU ahead by 19 at 85-66.
"Every time you play you get a chance to come in and prove to the coaches what you can do," Adrian said. "So, yeah, I took it as an opportunity to who them what I can actually do."
Williams made a soft hook shot in the paint as part of a 15-6 run to end the half and take a 45-33 lead into the locker room. He finished with 14 rebounds.
"They're going to have to produce for us," Harris said. "All we have is young guys there. I told Nate and Dev they're going to have to mature fast. Nate came out and hit shots and Dev rebounded the ball like a man. I'm very happy with those guys."
The Falcons had but a few openings in the second half. It was 56-46 with 12:46 remaining and Staten missed the front end of a one-and-one, but WVU rebounded the miss and walkon Chase Connor made a 3 at the top of the key. It was his only basket of the game after missing his first four 3-point attempts of the game.
Harris made a layup and a free throw to go ahead 68-52 with 10:00 remaining. Fairmont State turned the ball over and Harris found Adrian open for his fifth 3.
Fairmont State, coached by former WVU assistant and director of basketball operations Jerrod Calhoun, had it down to 77-62 when Tom Wimbush made a layup over Connor while he was fouled. Wimbush missed the free throw, but the Falcoms got the rebound and Wimbush had an open 3 from the right corner and missed. Staten's layup on the other end gave WVU a 77-64 lead before Wimbush missed and Browne made a 3 at the end of the shot clock and with 2:54 remaining.
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