"It's hard to shoot from where he was for most of the game," Huggins said.
Staten had 16 points on 5-for-13 shooting, but didn't score going at the basket until the middle of the second half, which was about the time WVU got going. He added six rebounds and five assists. Browne and Terry Henderson both scored 14 points and Devin Williams added 10.
WVU shot 8-for-29 in the first half and 1-for-11 from 3-point range, but bumped those numbers up to 19-for-36 and 3-for-8 in the second half.
The Tigers, who were 17-0 at home last season, have now won 38 of 39 games at home and 78 straight non-conference home games dating back to early in the 2005-06 season. They're 142-21 at home since the arena opened in 2004-05 season. Jordan Clarkson led all scorers with 25 points. Jabari Brown added 18 and Earnest Ross 16. Those three entered the game averaging 52.1 points per game.
WVU, meanwhile, has lost six straight road games, but does return home Tuesday - to play No. 19 Gonzaga.
"We didn't quit," Huggins said. "You know we would have laid it down last year. There would have been guys taking the worst shots in the world. Then somebody else would take one worse than that."
The Mountaineers missed their first eight shots, didn't score a point for more than five minutes at the start of the game and didn't make their first basket for another two minutes. Along the way, they turned the ball over twice, once out of a timeout they called in the middle of possession to set up an easy Missouri layup, and then later on a shot clock violation out of a media timeout.
"We took horrible shots," Huggins said. "For us, horrible shots."
Yet when Browne went 1-for-2 at the foul line at the 14:51 mark before Staten dug out a defensive rebound and raced the other way to set up Henderson for an open 3-pointer, it was just an 11-4 Missouri lead with 12:57 to go in the half.
The Tigers doubled their lead to 25-11 with Clarkson scoring nine points and giving Harris problems. Clarkson drove on Harris and missed a free throw, but rebounded his miss and scored. Harris scored his first basket on the next possession with 9:21 left in the half, but Missouri hurried to its end and Clarkson drove and scored again on Harris and this time drew Harris' second foul.
Harris went to the bench and Clarkson converted the three-point play for a 14-point lead with 9:06 to go in the half
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