Huggins was once again lamenting his team's lack of focus and an inability to consistently do the basics right. He talked of lack of effort in rebounding and playing defense, the two things that Huggins consistently preaches are the only constants in basketball, given that shooting comes and goes.
And with this team, shooting 39.7 percent, it doesn't often come.
"I think it's concentration,'' said Staten. "We don't do that. We do it in spurts and that doesn't work. We have to concentrate for 40 minutes.''
In truth, concentration and focus should be an issue for the Mountaineers. With 10 players in the rotation and others available if necessary, no one besides Staten is playing a lot of minutes. Staten averages 32.3 minutes per game and no one else averages much more than half a game. Aaric Murray is second at 23.9 minutes, while Henderson, Gary Browne, Deniz Kilicli and Jabarie Hinds are all at around 20 minutes.
In other words, almost no one has to focus or concentrate for more than a few minutes at a time before he's replaced. But even that hasn't worked.
And it's not going to get any easier with 10 of the next 17 games on the road.
"We really let this one get away,'' said Staten, who had 10 points and seven assists in 36 minutes. "It just came down to the end, the last six minutes, and we collapsed. We didn't play defense and we didn't hit the boards.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at twitter.com/dphickman1