West Virginia beats Marshall 74-64
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP)
West Virginia (7-4) won its third straight over its intrastate rival and the seventh out of the last eight tries. The Mountaineers improved to 31-11 all-time in the series.
Marshall (4-6) led 54-48 with 9 minutes left but fell flat down the stretch. West Virginia took its first lead of the game, 63-62, on Staten's 3-point play with 3:41 remaining.
Marshall was held without a field goal over the final 5 minutes.
Terry Henderson added 13 points for West Virginia. Brandon Watkins and Gary Browne had 12 apiece and Eron Harris scored 11.
Marshall redshirt freshman Kareem Canty scored 16 points and Chris Thomas and TyQuane Goard had 11 apiece.
West Virginia looked flat coming off an 80-76 home loss to No. 20 Gonzaga on Tuesday night. The Mountaineers had a season-high 16 turnovers and Harris, West Virginia's leading scorer averaging 19.3 points per game, was held to his second-lowest output of the season.
But Marshall shot 42 percent (25 of 60) from the floor and continued a season-long slump from the line, making 10 of 24 free throws.
West Virginia didn't trail again after Staten's go-ahead basket.
After Marshall's Ryan Taylor was called for an offensive foul on Staten, Remi Dibo scored his only basket of the game off a Staten miss for a 65-62 lead with 3 minutes left.
Staten added a free throw and a layup over the next minute.
West Virginia shot 50 percent from the floor and held a 38-35 rebounding edge.
The Mountaineers entered the game averaging 83 points per game and was held to its third-lowest point total of the season.
Harris left the court wincing in pain less than two minutes into the game after getting tangled up with Canty and Thomas and falling to the floor. He returned two minutes later.
West Virginia went scoreless over the game's first three minutes, trailed by as many as seven points in the first half and was behind 33-31 at halftime.