Bader was West Virginia's chief problem as the skinny 6-5 junior seemed to make everything until the end.
"We wanted to make him take tough shots,'' Staten said of Bader, who generally had easy, open ones in the first half. "We knew if we continued to make him take tough shots he'd eventually miss.''
The win improves West Virginia to 5-5 and snaps a two-game losing streak. Oakland, which also lost a big lead and fell to Pitt this year, is now 4-8.
Staten had 11 points, five assists and three steals for WVU, while Miles and Terry Henderson each had 10 points. The Mountaineers shot 52.9 percent and lost the rebounding battle by just two, 34-32, but that was after getting just one rebound in the first eight minutes of the game.
Oakland lived and died by the 3-pointer, making 10 of 19.
Much as was the case in a Saturday night loss to No. 3 Michigan in Brooklyn, West Virginia shot the ball unusually well to start the game, but did almost nothing else right and fell behind quickly and stayed behind. The Mountaineers made their first three shots and led 8-4, but eight minutes into the game had just one rebound.
As a result of a complete lack of rebounding and some sloppy turnovers, West Virginia fell behind 16-10 and then 22-14 before battling back to take a 29-28 lead. That lasted only seconds, though, before Oakland went on an 11-2 run to go up 39-31.
The Mountaineers did manage to get within 39-37 at halftime and tied the game at 39 to start the second half, but then quickly fell behind again, 47-40. That's when West Virginia finally turned things around and began making a game of it.
The Mountaineers return to action Saturday, facing Radford in a 4 p.m. game at the Coliseum. After that they are off for a week before hosting Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 30.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.comor follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.