Adrian's shot missed and Oklahoma State then made six straight free throws to seal it.
And so once again, as has so many times this season been the case, West Virginia came oh-so-close to finally getting over the hump and beating a quality team. But again, it wasn't close enough, so the challenge again becomes not becoming discouraged.
"We've been here when we lost this game and had to play Texas,'' Staten said. "I don't think anybody wants to let that happen again, so I think we'll be guarded against that.''
The ramifications of yet another loss on Tuesday night at Baylor would be obvious. It would drop the Mountaineers two games below .500 in the Big 12, dangerously close to .500 overall and facing a murderer's row of opponents.
It appeared just a few days ago that WVU's next six games (including OSU) and 10 of the final 12 would be against Top 25 opponents. That will change when Baylor drops out of the rankings and with teams like Kansas State, Oklahoma and even Iowa State in the lower half of the Top 25, the number of games against actual ranked opponents will fluctuate. Then again, one of the teams outside the rankings, Texas, has won three in a row over ranked opponents (in the three games since winning in Morgantown) and could soon be in the Top 25.
The point is that given the nature of the schedule, stealing wins anywhere they are available is crucial. West Virginia has already let two of those slip away against preseason Big 12 co-favorite Oklahoma State, and letting another go against a struggling Baylor team would be another lost opportunity.
"We need to come back 1-1 from this road trip now. We don't want to come down here and lose two games,'' Staten said. "So I think everyone's going to play hard. You'll see a difference.''
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