MANHATTAN, Kan.–West Virginia blew a 21-point lead in the second half and Kansas State defeated the Mountaineers 71-69 on Wednesday night.
Barry Brown paved the way for the Wildcats (11-4, 1-2 Big 12) with his 20-point second half explosion, including the go-ahead layup with 28.9 seconds remaining. The senior finished with 29 points.
Mike McGuirl scored 18 points. Kamau Stokes had 12 points and Xavier Sneed added 10.
WVU (8-7, 0-3) took a 42-21 lead on Derek Culver’s jumper early in the second half. Then Kansas State went on a 17-0 run to get back in the game.
Lamont West tallied 21 points for the Mountaineers. Culver had 17 and Jermaine Haley chipped in 13.
Once again, WVU was plagued with turnovers and missed free throws. The Mountaineer had 17 miscues and made just 14-of-23 from the charity stripe.
“All we talked about was they were going to come out and drive it at you, that’s the only chance they have,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “They drove it at us and we cowered up.”
WVU shot 45 percent from the field and 45 percent from beyond the arc.
The Wildcats shot 47 percent from the floor and 39 percent from 3-point range.
The Mountaineers return home to take on Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS