MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Juwan Staten scored a career-high 20 points as West Virginia slugged Mount St. Mary's 77-62 in the opener for both teams.
Staten connected on 7-of-10 shots and 8-of-10 free throws to best his previous career total of 18 against Virginia Military Institute on Nov. 28, 2012. Eron Harris had 19, Nathan Adrian 11 and Brandon Watkins added 10.
Shooting is a point of emphasis for coach Bob Huggins' team this season after it shot about 41 percent last year, and, at least for one night, it showed.
The Mountaineers' overall shooting percentage against Mount St. Mary's was 56 percent (28 of 50). To put that in perspective, the best shooting night for the WVU Mountaineers last season was 56.5 (26 of 46) against Texas Tech on Feb. 2, 2013.
It was Huggins' 724th all-time win. Huggins is the third winningest active head coach behind Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim.