"I would say, yeah, I have to score a little bit more," Staten said. "I feel like, if I'm just a facilitator, they'll get used to that and guard the wings. But if I keep it even and score just as much as I'm facilitating, then they'll have to play us honest."
Harris, an all-Big 12 honorable mention as a freshman, showed no loss of confidence in his scoring abilities, even after a 4-for-17 day against the Hokies where he made just one of three 3-pointers. Against Duquesne, he made 12 of 19 from the floor, including six of eight from 3-point range. And he accounted for half the points WVU scored in a 16-2 run late in the game that ended any hopes of a Dukes rally.
"I came out with the mindset that I was going to attack these guys," Harris said. "I felt I had a mismatch with whoever was guarding me, because they were all smaller than me. I wanted to help my team that way, and I didn't want to force it. I don't think I forced anything."
Huggins said both Staten and Harris have, in their own ways, set examples for how to approach this season.
"Juwan has been terrific," Huggins said. "He listens. He's trying to do the right things. He's trying to run our team and be an example for the younger guys.
"Eron made some shots," he continued. "Eron gets shots. Eron could have easily had 35 points in Blacksburg if he'd have made some layups. He can score the ball."
The Mountaineers could use the leadership, Huggins said. In his mind, it's up to the small crew of returning players to help the fleet of newcomers what Huggins' expectations are. The coach hasn't exactly been enthralled so far. After Sunday's game, he asked how many players had read through the scouting report and watched the scouting video. He said only the five returning players raised their hands for both.
If West Virginia wants to successfully navigate a tough Big 12 schedule - four conference foes are in this week's Associated Press top 25 - more hands than five have to shoot up when Huggins asks that question. Huggins feels that Harris and Staten can get the Mountaineers moving in that direction. And until the newcomers get there, the duo can spark the team with its synergy with each other.
"They've got an idea of what I want," Huggins said of Harris and Staten. "They've got an idea of how to get opportunities out of the offense. They understand the offense so much better. They are more on the same page than what they were before."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.