Harris, Staten On Target for WVU

MORGANTOWN – Eron Harris and Juwan Staten are beginning to make it a habit of setting career highs every time they take the floor.

Staten’s done it twice already this season, Harris once.

The West Virginia duo was at it again Sunday against Duquesne as Harris finished with 33 points and Staten with 28 as the Mountaineers rolled, 96-83, on Sunday at the WVU Coliseum.

”Eron definitely is a great scorer,” Staten said. ”I think he’s really coming into that role. I’ve always been able to score myself. We’re both getting our shots off and we’re both hitting.”

Most of Staten’s damage came at the line where the junior from Miami finished 14 of 19, while Harris collected 18 points from beyond the 3-point arc.

As hot as Harris was from 3 (6 of 8), he hit only three of his seven free throw attempts.

”Obviously, I need to do a better job with my free throws,” he said. ”I don’t understand how I’m missing because I practice my free throws. That’s something I need to do better.”

As a team, the Mountaineers finished 58 percent at the charity stripe, a number West Virginia coach Bob Huggins believes should be substantially higher.

”We make 100 (free throws) a day,” he said. ”We didn’t get the ball up and I don’t know why. I count how many it takes for them to get 100. On the regular, we should be an 80 percent free-throw shooting team. Maybe more like high 80s.”

Another area the Mountaineers need to greatly improve on is rebounding.

The Dukes outrebounded WVU 39-30. For the season, the Mountaineers have a negative-four rebounding margin.

”I feel like we’re going to have to gang rebound more than we did last year,” Staten said. ”Last year we had a couple people we could count on to get rebounds. This year we don’t rebound the ball as well, but I feel like if we gang rebound, make sure we send five to the glass every time the ball is shot, we can make up for it.

”Against the better teams it’s going to cost you. Right now we’re shooting the ball well and that’s what getting us by. As the season goes on we’re going to have to start rebounding the ball better because when you play against better competition, that’s going to hurt you.”

Six-foot-nine freshman Devin Williams led the Mountaineers with 10 boards and added 18 points for his first career double-double. The 18 points were also a career high.

”That’s good for Devin,” Harris said. ”Devin just needs to start trying to find out where he’s going to get his easy buckets at. I think he’s trying too hard with his buckets right now. He’ll figure it out because he’s still young. Once he learns the game, he’s going to be a monster.”