As poorly as WVU has defended this season, it hadn't allowed a shooting percentage as large as it did against Texas in more than two years. The Mountaineers never found a way to keep guards out of the paint for easy shots or assists.
"We couldn't guard," Huggins said. "Couldn't. Didn't. Wouldn't. You can't let people shoot that well, especially when you're not making any shots."
And while WVU has made a habit of staying close or cutting into deficits, Texas led by double digits the final 22:11 last month and the final 17:45 on Saturday. That's more than half of the time they've spent on the floor together.
The Mountaineers are prone to scoring droughts because they rely on jumpers and because they give up easy scores more often than they find them. Yet Saturday's game was only the seventh that saw them fall behind by 10 or more points.
Only Missouri, Kansas State and Texas have built 20-point leads. WVU rallied to get as close as six points against Missouri and avenged a 22-point loss to Kansas State with a 10-point win. Texas has built 21-point leads in both victories and can take credit for two of WVU's four double-digit losses this season.
The Longhorns simply created a distance WVU could never make up, but Texas also plays the Big 12's best defense. It leads the league in field-goal percentage, blocked shots, rebounding and rebounding margin.
Defenders converged to cover up Staten's drives and didn't let him make a layup for the first 34 minutes, but WVU also missed a lot of shots it might normally make. Remi Dibo was 0-for-3 from 3-point range and only made two free throws. Terry Henderson was 1-for-3 from 3 and took just one shot and didn't score in the final 25 minutes. Harris was 2-for-6 from 3 and didn't connect after one early in the second half cut the lead to 40-34. Nathan Adrian was 4-for-9, but his three 3s in the second half only cut into 14-, 16- and 15-point leads.
WVU did go from shooting 31 percent in the first half to shooting 48.3 in the second half and would have done better had Texas not won the rebounding battle 24-10 and allowed just one offensive rebound after halftime.
"Teams are going to have that type of a performance against you," Harris said. "We're not exactly where we want to be at yet, but we're close. We want to be able to win games like this, to win away games. We're going to keep progressing. We've lost games before and we didn't get too down about it. We move on to the next one. We'll put this one behind us and prepare for Baylor Saturday. We've got a long season ahead of us still."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymailwv.com or 304-3191142. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/wvu.