Jordan Downing led Presbyterian (1-5) with 18 points. The Blue Hose shot 39.6 percent and had 19 turnovers.
The Mountaineers travel to Cancun, Mexico, Sunday and practice Monday. They play Old Dominion at 6 p.m. Tuesday on CBS Sports Network. The winner and the loser advance to play either Wisconsin or Saint Louis Wednesday, also on CBS Sports Network.
A 3 from Reggie Dillard cut WVU's lead to 20-16 with 9:42 to go in the first half. The Mountaineers then scored seven quick points in a 15-2 run.
Staten took a defensive rebound toward his basket and made a reverse layup while being fouled. He missed the free throw, but Kevin Noreen got the rebound and scored at the end of the possession. Presbyterian missed and Dibo hit a 3. The Blue Hose were down 27-16 just 59 seconds after making it a four-point game.
They missed seven straight shots while WVU got its first 13 points in the run on scores from six different payers. The Blue Hose were never closer than 11 points the rest of the game.
In what's becoming increasingly normal, eight of the nine Mountaineers who played in the first half scored and five made a 3. WVU made 17 of 33 shots (51.5 percent) and 6 of 11 3-point attempts (54.5 percent) and outrebounded Presbyterian 23-14 in the first half.
The Blue Hose scored first to start the second half, but the Mountaineer scored the next 13 points to end any chance for a comeback. WVU spent much of the second half running sets or focusing on particular players on offense and working on zone defenses.
"We don't understand rotations yet," Huggins said. "Honestly, we've only spent a little time playing 1-3-1. I think we may be a better half-court trapping team than a 1-3-1 team. We'll keep throwing them out there a little bit. If nothing else, it makes people spend a little more time preparing for us and not as much time preparing themselves."
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