CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Juwan Staten was supposed to be the sidekick to Eron Harris for what was expected to be another rebuilding year at West Virginia.
Lately it's been Staten delivering clutch performances to lift the Mountaineers (13-9, 5-4) into the upper tier of the Big 12 standings with a test looming against No. 21 Oklahoma (17-5, 6-3) on Wednesday night.
The point guard made the go-ahead layup with 3 seconds left in to beat Baylor 66-64 on Jan. 28, then scored a career-high 35 points in a win Saturday over Kansas State to earn Big 12 player of the week honors.
Staten is the Big 12's second-leading scorer and assists leader. West Virginia will need his production to get through a tough stretch that includes four straight games against ranked opponents.