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Staten Scores 35, WVU Wins

Staten scored 35 points in West Virginia's 81-71 win.

West Virginia got their revenge on Saturday afternoon, leading the majority of the game and defeating Kansas State, 81-71.

Juwan Staten took control of the game, making his way to the line 21 times and finishing the game with 35 points, four rebounds and five assists. Really, it was an all-around game for the Mountaineers, though as Terry Henderson (13 points), Eron Harris (11) and Remi Dibo (10) each scored in double figures.

West Virginia fell behind 8-3 early thanks to some spotty defense and sloppy offense, but they came storming back thanks to nine straight points from Henderson and Staten. The Mountaineers would never trail again.

Kansas State did not mail it in, though, battling back from a double-digit deficit to tie it up at 53 with 12 minutes left in the game. The two teams traded shots over the next ten minutes, resulting in a 68-67 score with just over two minutes left.

At that point, Dibo - who got the surprise start today - nailed a huge three, and Kansas State immediately turned it over. Henderson added on two quick free throws, and the Mountaineers pulled away from there, icing it on the free throw line, making eight straight free throws before an emphatic dunk from Staten gave West Virginia the final score.

The Mountaineers (13-9, 5-4) get a couple of days rest before they welcome No. 23 Oklahoma to the WVU Coliseum in a nationally-televised game on Wednesday night. Tip is set for 7:00PM ET on ESPNU.

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