Luckily, because Iowa State (18-4, 6-4 Big 12) needed it. The Cyclones won 84-69 and went back and forth with TCU in the second half as the Horned Frogs scored 47 points.
"With nine minutes to go, I caught him looking up at the scoreboard and I thought, 'What's he looking at?'" teammate Georges Niang said. "With nine minutes to go, he had 35. I thought, 'Holy smokes, this could be a crazy night.' We made it a point to get him the ball."
Ejim scored 20 straight Iowa State points in a 6:47 stretch in the second half, which is one of many issues the team presents for WVU. The Cyclones average 85 points per game, the most in the Big 12 and the fourth-best total in the country. They lead the league in both 3-pointers made (194) and attempted (555).
They're as capable as anyone of having one player or multiple players get hot and putting together a run to give the opponent trouble. The Mountaineers (14-10, 6-5) were focused on keeping Kansas under control in their loss Saturday and did a good job until late in the second half. WVU cut the Kansas lead to 57-53 with 10:59 to go, but gave up 11 of the game's next 14 points and had to call a timeout after Perry Ellis was left open for a dunk and a 68-56 lead with 7:20 remaining.
Harris made four free throws, Staten skipped in a layup and Gary Browne hit a 3 as part of a 9-1 run in 2:06, but the Jayhawks blistered the Mountaineers with a 12-1 run in the next 3:39 and led by a game-high 15 points with 1:35 left to play.
"They went on a roll, man," Harris said. "They went on a roll and after that it seemed like there was nothing we could do about it."
The Mountaineers missed their final six shots and afterward regretted a few decisions that fed into the Kansas frenzy, decision they can't make when they're trying to keep the opponent on a leash.
"I think what it is, is we've got to play more patient on offense so we can have the ball more and have more control of the game," Harris said. "On top of playing better defense, we've got to manage the game better on offense.
"We come out and play fast and we come out and attack, but at a certain point you have to have a game plan and there comes a time when the game plan calls for managing the game, which means slowing down a little bit."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymailwv.com. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/wvu.