"You're not always going to make shots, but if the ball's not going in it should be a very low-scoring game because we should be playing defense," Staten said. "Defense is something we can control and that's where we had our biggest letdown."
Purdue was able to come out of the locker room and extend its lead to seven as West Virginia missed its first four shots of the second half.
The Mountaineers kept it close throughout the first few minutes of the half, but jumpers from Kendall Stephens and Bryson Scott gave the Boilermakers an eight-point lead and forced Huggins to call a timeout.
Slowly but surely, West Virginia was able to work its way back into the game thanks in part to freshman forward Devin Williams' performance from the free throw line.
The Cincinnati, Ohio, native picked up his fourth career double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. The 47-percent foul shooter hit eight of his nine attempts from the free throw line.
"Devin cares. He's struggled at the foul line, so he's come in and spent a ton of time on it," Huggins said. "He'll continue to get better. He listens. He tries to do what you ask him to do."
But for every run the Mountaineers would make, Purdue came back with a big bucket to slow the momentum and take the Coliseum crowd of 10,019 out of the game.
West Virginia was able to cut it to two points when Nathan Adrian made a layup with a little more than 5 minutes to play, but a 7-2 run by Purdue extended the lead back out to seven forcing the Mountaineers to begin fouling.
Harris led the Mountaineers on 9-of-18 shooting, and Staten was the other Mountaineer to join Harris and Williams in double figures, scoring 14 points to go with four assists.
Terone and Ronnie Johnson led Purdue, scoring 20 and 14 points, respectively, while Smotherman finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
West Virginia's final game before opening Big 12 play is Dec. 29 against William & Mary at the Charleston Civic Center.