|Field Goal %||53.6||35.7|
|Three Point %||25.0||38.5|
|Free Throw %||81.3||76.0|
The #6 West Virginia Mountaineers (13-1 2-0) won their second straight conference game, in a win at Kansas State (11-3 1-1).
The Wildcats game plan coming into the game was to be physical and slow the game down, but West Virginia met the challenge. The Mountaineers controlled the paint with 40 points and out rebounded Kansas State (38-27).
“They’re really good at making you shoot the ball over top of them” said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. “We went to some stuff to just kind of got them moving, we just had to get them moving to out of the lane.”
Kansas State guard Kamau Stokes came out and hit a three, on the first shot of the game, to take the early 3-0 lead.
Guard Jevon Carter started an 8-2 Mountaineers run with a lay-up, and The Mountaineers would have an 8-5 advantage, in under six minutes of play.
The Wildcats would go 2-4 from the line and a jumper from forward Dean Wade to take the lead back 8-9, before West Virginia forward Teddy Allen would get back to back buckets, starting a 10-0 run and putting the Mountaineers out front, 18-9.
Behind Teddy Allen’s game high 22 points, the Mountaineers would never trail in the game after the 12:59 mark in the first half.
The Mountaineers would take a 5-point lead into halftime, 31-26. Allen would lead all scorers, along with Kansas State guard Barry Brown, with 8 points.
In the second half, Kansas State could never get closer than three points. The Wildcats would cut the lead to 3 after a quick 6-0 run, capped off with a three, by forward Xavier Sneed and West Virginia would take a timeout.
Bob Huggins and his Mountaineers would continue to respond out of timeouts. Guard Beetle Bolden would come out of the timeout, and hit a three extending the Mountaineers lead to six, 45-39.
Sneed would respond in the second half for the Wildcats, going 5-6 from behind the arc in critical times, to keep the Wildcats within striking distance. “We weren’t guarding him” said Huggins. We were doubling the ball screen and they did a really good job of finding him.”
Forward Lamont West would get 15 of his 19 points in the second half, hitting a couple of threes, to keep Kansas State trailing by a couple possessions.
Allen would put up 14 by continuing to find ways to score around the rim and from the foul line (6-6). “He’s a different dude, he loves to score.” Huggins commenting on Allen after the game.
Sneed would cut it to 4 with just over 4 minutes to play. After two made free throws by Teddy Allen, Dean Wade would lay it in, with an assist from Sneed, with 3:32 left in the game.
Kansas State wouldn’t get any closer to getting the upset over West Virginia. Allen would score the next 6 points from the free throw line for West Virginia, while Daxter Miles Jr closed it out with 2 free throws and a lay-up.
Every win in this conference is a good win, especially on the road.
West Virginia will host Oklahoma this Saturday in Morgantown, tip-off at 7:15.