FORT WORTH, Texas -- Juwan Staten scored the last nine points for West Virginia in the final 4:07 and the Mountaineers started Big 12 play by ending a six-game road losing streak with a 74-69 win against TCU.
WVU, which went 13-19 last season and 6-12 in conference play, was 0-2 on the road this season and lost the final four a season ago after winning here at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Feb. 9, 2013.
The Mountaineers (9-5, 1-0) trailed in the middle of the first half, but led the final 21:43 and answered late scores by the Horned Frogs (9-4, 0-1) to end TCU's five-game winning streak and five-game home winning streak before a crowd of 5,038.
"The biggest thing was staying solid," Staten said. "We talked in practice about how teams are going to make runs. It's college basketball -- teams are good enough to make runs. You have to withstand the run and have your own. We did a good job taking their best punch and delivering our own. On the road, that's the best you can ask for."
Staten led the way to the finish and had 15 points. WVU tried a variety of offensive options late in the second half, but saw jumpers misfire and a concentrated effort to get the ball inside do little to help. When the Mountaineers needed points, Staten drove and was either fouled or scored in the lane.
Up 65-62, Staten either made a free throw or a basket on four straight possessions. He answered TCU scores with one of his own twice, but also allowed for a little drama by going 1-for-2 at the foul line three times during his nine-point run. His layup after TCU missed three times on their penultimate possession put WVU ahead 74-67 and nearly matched the largest lead of the game, which had been 49-41 with 15:02 left in the game.
"We didn't have a better option," West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins said. "He was option 1 and probably option 1A."
Eron Harris played through the flu he'd been fighting all week and had 22 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the floor and 4-for-5 shooting from 3-point range.
"If nobody knew I was sick," Harris said, "you wouldn't have known."
Devin Williams battled fellow freshman Karviar Shepherd down low and won the matchup with 12 points and eight rebounds. Nathan Adrian added nine points and six rebounds and some key plays in the first half.
Terry Henderson had 10 points on 3-for-10 shooting and was 1-for-5 from 3-point range, where he's missed 15 of his last 19, but added seven rebounds and a critical put-back late. That put the Mountaineers up 65-60 with 5:13 to play and it was the last time someone other than Staten scored.