The Tigers won the rebounding battle 40-32, which was something the Mountaineers were prepared to deal with, so much so that they ended up with more offensive rebounds (14-11) and more second-chance points (18-16).
"The second possession, we get Staten isolated against a big man and he didn't attack him," Huggins said.
Staten's drives had been among WVU's best offensive weapons this season, but he backed away early and often and didn't score on a drive to the basket until the middle of the second half. That was right about when the Mountaineers got rolling and Staten, Terry Henderson and Gary Browne started scoring.
The early errors and the eventual enormous deficit were too much to escape.
"It says a lot about our lack of maturity," Huggins said. "We've got to try to depend on somebody. Eron and Terry playing the minutes they played a year ago, you'd hope they would stay more in character. Obviously, they didn't. You can't get out of character. We've got to hope our five guys play better than their five guys."
The Mountaineers entered the game shooting 49.2 percent from the floor (No. 43 nationally) and 46.5 percent from 3-point range (No. 3). They shot 41.9 percent overall and missed 15 of 19 3-point shots. Harris, Henderson, Browne, Remi Dibo and Nathan Adrian, who all have made at least three 3s in a game this season, were a combined 3-for-17.
The margin for error remains small enough that WVU can't shoot poorly and play poorly on top of that, whether early or late in a game.
"I think sometimes, particularly with young guys, and as many young guys as we have, you try to do things you can't do," Huggins said. "We did everything we can't do. We were shooting step-back shots, step-back 3s off the dribble. You're not going to make those. But we didn't move the ball to get (Missouri) to open up - and not to take anything from them, because they did a good job - but we don't need to manufacture shots we can't make."
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