Javan Felix made four 3-pointers and had 18 points for Texas. Isaiah Taylor had 10 of his 14 points in the second half and Demarcus Holland finished with 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
"I know we missed some shots, but we didn't respond the way we need to respond," said coach Bob Huggins, who talked with his team for more than a half an hour in the locker room after the game. "We couldn't guard. Couldn't. Didn't. Wouldn't. You can't let people shoot that well, especially when you're not making any shots."
Harris missed 10 of 15 shots and was 2-for-6 from 3-point range, but led all scorers with 21 points. Staten added 14 points, six rebounds and seven assists, but shot 6-for-16 and didn't make a layup until 6:48 remained.
"They did great job helping as a team," Staten said. "I felt like every time I put the ball on the floor they had people running at me from every angle."
Remi Dibo missed all three of his shots -- each from 3-point range -- and made two free throws in 17 minutes. Terry Henderson scored 10 points in the first 15 minutes, but didn't score and only took one shot the rest of the way. Gary Browne had 10 points and Nathan Adrian made four 3s for 12 points.
WVU was down 11 points at the half, but a bucket from Devin Williams -- his only of the game -- and a 3 from Harris made it 40-36 early in the second half. Texas scored the next eight points and WVU only got as close as 10 points on Staten's three-point play with 5:22 remaining. The Longhorns scored the next six points and would lead by as many as 21 points.
WVU doesn't play again until Saturday, when it plays host to Baylor (16-9, 4-8).
"I'm mad we lost," Harris said. "I'm really am mad we lost, but I know what issues we have to take care of and I know we have time to take care of those."
The Mountaineers were in it early and a four-point play from Henderson gave WVU a 14-11 lead with 11:22 to go in the half. Texas then put together a fantastic run by making 8 of 10 shots to outscore WVU 17-2 in 5:22. WVU was 1-for-7 with three turnovers the Longhorns turned into seven points. The third turnover was a bad pass form Henderson after he caught the ball open, hesitated, dribbled, stopped and then whipped a pass across the court that hit the rim. Felix answered with a 3 for a 28-16 lead.
Everything else in the run for Texas was right at the rim on drives or layups and Texas ended the first half with 24 points in the paint.
Henderson ended the run with his second second-chance basket of the game and Staten answered a Felix layup with his first basket of the game with 4:22 to go before halftime. Texas then surged again with a three-point play by Holmes and another 3 from Felix to take a 36-20 lead, largest of the half.
The Mountaineers kept it together in the final minutes. Harris made two free throws before Staten followed an emphatic blocked shot by Ridley to score. Ridley later blocked Staten and Harris in quick succession before Harris tried to dunk over Ridley on the third try. That earned a trip to the foul line, where he again went 2-for-2. WVU's 1-3-1 zone forced a turnover and Staten finally drove inside, but pitched the ball back up top to Adrian for an open 3 to make the score 40-29 at the half.Texas shot 17-for-28 and made 13 of 16 shots to end the half. WVU was 9-for-29 (31 percent) from the floor, its worst mark in a half since the second half of the loss Jan. 25 at Oklahoma State (9-for-29) and the third-lowest percentage this season.