Statistically, at least, it wasn't hard to see why Staten played so much until his benching.
He led the Mountaineers in scoring, averaging 11 points, as well as assists and steals and wasn't turning the ball over an unreasonable amount. He isn't a great shooter, but he had a better shooting percentage than any of WVU's perimeter players except freshman Eron Harris. He was also shooting 82.5 percent from the free-throw line.
In his previous two games, Staten had averaged 14 points, shot over 50 percent, made all 11 of his free throws and averaged 6.5 assists against 3.0 turnovers.
Obviously, though, the transfer from Dayton was not executing either the offense or the defense the way Huggins wanted, so he was taken out with just over five minutes to play in the first half at Texas and hasn't reappeared since.
It's not the first time this season Huggins has benched a player for varying amounts of time for an apparent disinterest in doing things his way. Nor is it likely to be the last.
"I remember [former Temple coach] John Chaney saying that he was going to put everybody in this boat and we're all going to have an oar,'' Huggins said. "And everybody's going to row in the same direction. And the guys that don't row in the right direction, we're going to throw 'em out of the damn boat.
"That's pretty honest. That's pretty honest and that's pretty right. If you want to get in the boat, we're all going to row in the same direction. Otherwise we're going to throw you out of the boat.''
West Virginia obviously is better with Staten, or at least with a cooperative Staten. If for no other reason, Staten is a plus because he adds another backcourt body to a team that seems to have hitched its collective wagon to playing hard and relentless on both ends of the court, a style that requires as many capable bodies as possible.
But Huggins insists he won't play again until he plays the way Huggins wants him to play.
"Everybody's got to be on the same page,'' Huggins said. "If everybody's not on the same page, you don't have a very good team.''
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