MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–After being called out by head coach Bob Huggins earlier in the week, West Virginia responded with a much-improved performance on the court against Kansas State, snapping a three-game losing skid.
The 15th-ranked Mountaineers (17-6, 6-4 Big 12) got back to playing effective defense while making shots as they defeated the Wildcats, 89-51, on Saturday afternoon.
WVU forced 15 turnovers and had five steals. The Mountaineers outrebounded Kansas State 36-24.
“We watched us not block out on tape,” head coach Bob Huggins said. We’ve hammered it in drills ad those things. We’re doing a little better job of blocking out but the biggest thing is we kept them between us and the basket. We’ve been turning everybody loose to the rim. It’s hard when they are closer to the basket than you are. I think it was more us being able to stay in front of people. And I thought our pressure was really pretty good. We kind of backed it off at the end but I was just trying to save people’s legs.”
WVU outscored the Wildcats 26-8 in the paint.
Sagaba Konate scored 19 points and grabbed nine boards. Beetle Bolden tallied 13 points in his first career start. Teddy Allen had 12 points and Wesley Harris 10.
Jevon Carter had six points and dished out 11 assists.
Dean Wade led Kansas State (16-7, 5-5) with 17 points. Xavier Sneed added 16.
The Wildcats never led and were held to their lowest scoring output of the season.
Several Mountaineers had been battling the flu all week. However, they didn’t show any symptoms of being fatigued in the win.
WVU shot 55 percent from the floor, 42 percent from beyond the arc and 96 percent from the free throw line.
Kansas State shot 30 percent from the field, 35 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the charity stripe.
The Mountaineers travel to Norman to take on No. 12 Oklahoma on Monday at 9 p.m.
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