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Henderson Outlasts Hannahs for Career-High


At one point in the second half Wednesday night, it seemed as though the Coliseum lights dimmed as two spotlights shone down on Terry Henderson and Dusty Hannahs.

Shot for shot, the Mountaineer and the Red Raider answered each other's buckets and frustrated the opposing bench. Two players combined for 53 points, missing just four shots between them. Unstoppable would not be overstating the way the both appeared on the court.

"He made some that you'd say, ‘Let him shoot that,'" WVU head coach Bob Huggins said of Hannahs. "We didn't guard him and I don't know how you do that when you watch all of the film that we showed."

Hannahs was 7-of-7 from three-point range and it seemed that no matter who Huggins put on him, the sophomore continued to stroke it from deep. He finished the game with 25 points on 8-of-9 shooting with the only missed shot coming when Kevin Noreen blocked it out of Hannahs' hands.

Fortunately for the Mountaineers, their own sophomore guard was having his way. In fact, Henderson says the two of them exchanged words on the court when it became clear that they were leading their respective teams.

"Just a little basketball talk, that's all," Henderson said with a smile. "It's a great feeling to go against good shooters, especially in your league. He's a sophomore, too, so I'm probably going to be seeing him for the next two years. It was cool playing against him."

It was even cooler for Henderson to have come away with the victory. After his last outing, he was in desperate need of something positive. A dismal showing with just two points on 1-of-8 shooting was enough to get Henderson questioning himself.

He says he prayed, spoke with his father and the coaching staff and got himself in the gym after a game in which he felt like he simply took his foot off of the gas pedal rather than continuing to attack Kansas State.

"That was probably the worst game of the season for me and I just knew I had to bounce back and come out and play harder than I did," said Henderson. "Just come out in attack mode more than I did at Kansas State. That's what I did tonight."

His teammates certainly noticed the effort and the difference in demeanor from just four days ago. The changes Henderson underwent from what he called the worst game of his season to quite possibly the best game of his career were evident on Wednesday night.
"Terry was playing with ultimate confidence," said fellow sophomore Eron Harris, who finished with 15 points. "We needed that. We needed this win. He helped us out a lot."

Henderson made sure he had that good feeling going right from the opening tip. Harris scored the first bucket of the game with a three, before Henderson rattled off the next five points with a deep one of his own followed by a nifty reverse layup off glass.

He was a major part of a second half in which the Mountaineers made just shy of 70 percent of their shot attempts and when the shooters are hitting at that clip, the point guard's job becomes much easier.

"It's definitely great when I have wings that are making shots," said Juwan Staten. "I don't have to stress or put so much pressure on myself as far as scoring or trying to get to the rim or fouled. I can rely on my teammates to make a lot of shots and we just hope that he can continue shooting that way."

WVU needed each one of those 10 made baskets from Henderson to snap the three-game losing streak and get back in the win column. With nine games against ranked teams still left on the schedule, he'll need to have more outings like his most recent and far fewer like the one over the weekend.

"I shot the ball with confidence, played with confidence and just tried to help my team as much as possible," said Henderson. "I'm glad we won."

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