MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Wednesday night's game at the Coliseum could have been the type that troubled West Virginia.
Virginia Military Institute came to campus ranked in the top 10 nationally in possessions and points per game and in the top 15 in shots attempted. The Mountaineers came in off back to back losses that restored the old worries they couldn't shoot or score, let alone play the up-tempo, higher-scoring style they desired.
Turns out the Keydets were just what WVU needed.
The Mountaineers had their fifth-best point total in 181 games under Coach Bob Huggins in a 94-69 win before 7,531.
"We want to play a faster, high-speed game, so they played right into our hands," point guard Juwan Staten said. "This is something we want to do, so it made it easier for us because they play the way we want to play. They play fast, but they even sped us up a little, which was good for us."
Staten led all scorers with 18 points and was one of seven players in double figures as the Mountaineers (2-3) avoided their third three-game losing streak in the past 17 games.
"That," said guard Gary Brown, who flirted with a triple double, "is the way we've been wanting to play."
Browne had 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Terry Henderson had 10 points and seven rebounds.
Staten was the third guard with seven rebounds,
Aaric Murray finished 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks and with Deniz Kilicli scored 13 points, though he was limited to 16 minutes because of very early foul trouble. Keaton Miles added 11 points, four steals, two blocks and four of the team's nine steals. Eron Harris had 10 points off the bench as WVU's reserves totaled 36.
WVU had assists on 20 of 37 baskets and shot 50 percent in the first half, but just 40.9 percent in the second. The Mountaineers were 0-for-12 from 3-point range after halftime and 3-for-19 in the game.
"I told them in there our biggest problem is when we practice for two hours, I get an hour and 40 minutes out of them. When we go for three hours, I get two hours, maybe two hours and 10 minutes out of them," Huggins said. "So, consequently, I don't get 40 minutes out of them when we play 40 minutes. We've got to do a better job of that."