MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - All the good work West Virginia put in on the road to start conference play and all the kind things people were saying about the Mountaineers when they were in first place in the Big 12 just seven days ago were rendered moot and mute Monday night.
WVU lost for the second time at home in three days and played as badly as it has in more than a month in an 80-69 loss to Texas.
"Everyone who watched that game knows what happened," point guard Juwan Staten said. "We didn't rebound and we didn't guard, and that's what happens.
Texas (13-4, 2-2 Big 12) outrebounded WVU 49-30 and shot a season-high 52.7 percent in the game with 34 points in the paint and another 18 at the free-throw line. The Longhorns were No. 8 in the conference in shooting percentage (44.3).
"They killed us on the glass and drove the ball pretty much anywhere they wanted to and got the shot where they wanted pretty much every time down the court," Staten said.
The margin of defeat was the largest for the Mountaineers this season. They trailed by double digits for the final 22:11 after not trailing by more than eight points in any game since a Dec. 5 loss to Missouri. WVU (10-7, 2-2) fell behind by 25 points in that game and came close to that against Texas when the lead was 70-49 with 6:22 to go as much of the Coliseum crowd of 8,706 started to leave.
The Mountaineers missed 21 of 25 3-point shots, including 15 in row, against the conference's worst 3-point defense. They had only six turnovers, but didn't quite make the most of their possessions by shooting 37.7 percent (26-for-69).
"We just didn't make any shots," coach Bob Huggins said. "You don't make shots, you put your head down. You make shots, you play harder. They made shots. We didn't make any shots."
Staten led all scorers with 23 points and had five assists. Terry Henderson, whose 3 to start the game was followed by 15 misses by he and his teammates over the next 11:31, had 16 points on 7-for-17 shooting. He missed his final five 3-point shots.
Eron Harris was 3-for-11 and missed all seven of his 3-point attempts to finish with a season-low six points. Remi Dibo was 2-for-7 from 3-point range and had 10 points. Freshman Devin Williams had two points and no rebounds in 16 minutes as he played through the flu.
The Lonhgorns were led by Jevan Felix's 19 points. Cameron Ridley had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Jonathan Holmes had nine points and 12 rebounds. Guard Isaiah Taylor added 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Martez Walker scored 10 points off the bench.
The first five games in the all-time series were decided in the final seconds, including WVU's win at Texas last season. The Mountaineers trailed by 13 points past the middle of second half in that game and were down 10 with 3:35 to go before they rallied, forced overtime and stole a win on the road. Staten's layup with 2:55 to go Monday made it 75-62 and WVU could have been a point closer, but Staten, who had been 4-for-4 at the foul line, missed a free throw to finish the three-point play.