Against Duquesne, West Virginia made five of its first six shots from the floor and finished the first half making six of 12 3-pointers and 17 of 31 overall (54.8 percent). Harris paced the Mountaineers in the first 20 minutes, scoring 16 points and making three of four 3-pointers. Staten wasn't far behind with 14 points, including eight of 11 from the free throw line.
West Virginia led by as many as 14 in the first half after Staten's layup with 2:08 left in the half put the Mountaineers ahead, 47-33. WVU started to go cold in the final two minutes of the half, though, as Duquesne went on a 10-2 run to close the gap. The Dukes' biggest boost came with 1.4 seconds left. Mason was fouled while draining a three in the left corner, then made the ensuing free throw to send the teams into halftime with WVU up 49-43.
Duquesne Coach Jim Ferry said he could tell his team had improved from last season, but the Mountaineers got better, too.
"I thought (Sunday) was the complete opposite of last year, when you had two teams that were bad and could not score," Ferry said. "Compared to this year, when you have a lot of offense on the floor. The kids played really hard and grinded back, making it close in the second half. In the end, we could not sustain it."
WVU finished the game making 33 of 56 shots from the floor (58.9 percent) and making 10 of 18 3-pointers (55.6 percent). Staten added nine assists to his 28 points and hit 14 of 19 free throws, while Harris collected six rebounds and made six of eight 3-pointers.
Devin Williams scored a double-double with 18 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Ovie Soko led Duquesne with 19 points and led all players with 12 rebounds. Mason added 18 points, making five of seven 3-pointers.
The Mountaineers, who have won nine of their last 10 games against Duquesne and their last five versus the Dukes in Morgantown, return to the court Thursday to host Georgia Southern (7 p.m., ROOT Sports).
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