They would struggle with their shots from the very beginning with a 10-for-27 start, but managed a 25-10 lead late in the first half on a three-point play by freshman Terry Henderson. The Dukes were 4-for-20 from the floor and had only scored on five possessions.
They rallied with scores on six straight possessions and baskets on four straight shots. A 9-0 run ended when Staten hit a jumper as the shot clock expired. Duquesne scored to make it 27-21 and WVU turned the ball over with 2:39 left in the half.
The Mountaineers then scored on three straight trips, each off a Duquesne turnover. The last score, a 3 from Humphrey, put WVU ahead 36-23 just before halftime.
The trap was set for the Mountaineers.
"We took this game for granted in the second half," Browne said. "We didn't come to play and they did."
He Dukes had all their points in the paint or at the foul line in the first half, but finally made a 3 after eight misses to cut WVU's lead to 11 points early in the second half. A second jumper made it a seven-point game with 17:55 remaining.
Kevin Noreen and Staten would score to put WVU up 11 and a layup by Kilicli made it 45-34, but the Dukes would dash back into the game with a 16-4 run and take a 51-50 lead on a three-point play by Jones with 5:51 to go.
Noreen tipped in a miss on the other end to put WVU back in front, but that was the last time the Mountaineers would lead. Jones made a 3 and Colter answered a jumper by WVU's Aaric Murray with back-to-back layups to go ahead 56-53 with 1:17 left.
Kilicli, who had just six points in 33 minutes, missed the front end of a one-and-one for the second time in the second half and Jones made it 59-53 with a layup with 28 seconds to go. Humphrey answered with a 3 and Johnson missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Humphrey missed his 3 that would have tied the score.
Browne sneaked inside for the tip in and was fouled, but his putback rolled of the rim with 4.1 seconds to go. Needing to make the first free throw and miss the second, Browne missed the first and then had his second disallowed because it missed the rim.
"We didn't finish it," Huggins said. "We had opportunities when we were up in double figures in the second half to push it to 20-some points and we didn't do it. To their credit, they shot it terrible during the game, but they started making some shots when the looks we had were just as good."
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