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Kansas State Wildcats fans get rowdy at Bramlage Coliseum, where the Wildcats romped to a 75-56 win over West Virginia.

 

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The deep-purple Octagon of Doom turned eight kinds of crazy when Bob Huggins returned with his West Virginia team Saturday afternoon. Check out the thread of in-game updates as the Mountaineers lost their third straight:

KANSAS STATE 78, WEST VIRGINIA 56 (final)
Thanks to 54-percent shooting and 20 points each from Southwell and Gipson, K-State buried WVU. Marcus Foster also scored 15 points in only 13 minutes for the Wildcats (14-4, 4-1), who have won all three meetings since West Virginia became a Big 12 member. The Mountaineers (10-8, 2-3), who shot a season-low 32 percent, got 21 points from Harris, along with 16 points and 11 rebounds from Staten. Troubling facet for the WVU point guard—he had seven turnovers against three assists.
KANSAS STATE 65, WEST VIRGINIA 42 (5:44 second half)
Remember when Huggins said his team “wouldn’t lay it down” like last year’s team? Well, today has the markings of a relapse. Kansas State suddenly looks like an offensive juggernaut and five of the nine West Virginia players to see action haven’t scored through the first 34 minutes.
KANSAS STATE 57, WEST VIRGINIA 34 (11:55 second half)
A 10-run put K-State up 55-30, relegating this one to laugher status. Now, what can West Virginia do to contain the embarrassment? Southwell has 20 points and Marcus Foster has scored 11 after playing only four minutes in the first half. … Updated data: Terry Henderson is 0-of-5 in 19 minutes, Juwan Staten has a season-high six turnovers and K-State leads 17-5 in assists.
KANSAS STATE 49, WEST VIRGINIA 30 (15:21 second half)
“We don’t guard,” said Bob Huggins after Monday’s loss to Texas. And his team is proving him right throughout 25 minutes today. Kansas State is making 62 percent of its shots overall. Gipson has 12 points, frequently catching the ball within arm’s reach of the basket, and the Wildcats are 8-of-14 from deep.
KANSAS STATE 37, WEST VIRGINIA 24 (halftime)
Welp, West Virginia didn’t accomplish much during the first 20 minutes, allowing the Big 12′s worst-shooting team to make 58 percent. That includes a series of open looks from 3-point range, where the Wildcats sank 5-of-10—quite a bit better than their 31-percent season average. … Combine poor defense with the Mountaineers’ worst offensive half of the season (30-percent shooting, eight turnovers) and the score differential makes perfect sense.
KANSAS STATE 37, WEST VIRGINIA 24 (halftime)
Twice WVU engages the halfcourt trap and twice K-State shreds it—getting a wide-open corner 3-pointer from Southwell, followed by a Southwell-to-Iwundu alley-oop. Southwell—the star of K-State’s narrow win at WVU last year—has been stellar, producing 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting with three rebounds and two assists.
KANSAS STATE 28, WEST VIRGINIA 15 (4:29 first half)
The Wildcats aren’t missing their foul-plagued leading scorer one iota. In the span of two possessions, K-State’s Will Spradling outwrestled Devin Williams for a rebound and K-State showed offensive patience to work an open 3-pointer by Wesley Iwundu. After Harris forced a 3-pointer that Shane Southwell deflected, Southwell leaked out for a layup. This game is looking a lot like WVU’s last trip to Manhattan.
KANSAS STATE 20, WEST VIRGINIA 13 (7:51 first half)
The Wildcats’ motion offense is generating open looks—or is it WVU’s stagnant defense? Through 12 minutes, K-State is 8-of-12 shooting, and West Virginia hasn’t answered, starting 4-of-13 and going more than five minutes without a basket. Thomas Gipson has eight points on 4-of-4 shooting, most of those right at the rim.
KANSAS STATE 15, WEST VIRGINIA 11 (11:55 first half)
K-State’s top scorer Marcus Foster gets handsy on the wing and picks up his second foul with 13:16 left in the half. One possession later, D.J. Johnson gets his second foul, thanks to Devin Williams pump-faking from 18 feet and then driving the lane. … K-State is 6-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
 WEST VIRGINIA 8, KANSAS STATE 5 (15:56 first half)
Eron Harris apparently left his slump in Morgantown, where he had gone 1-for-13 from 3-point range in his last two games. Well, he has more 3-pointers in the first three minutes today than he had in the losses to Oklahoma State and Texas. He drained one from the top of the key off a pass from Terry Henderson, followed by one from the right wing off a drive-and-pitch by Juwan Staten.
PREGAME NOTES
K-State tumbled out of The AP Top 25 on Monday after losing at Kansas. But the Wildcats promptly knocked off Oklahoma and could spring right back into the rankings with a follow-up win over West Virginia today. Bruce Weber’s team has come miles since dropping its season opener to Northeern Colorado.
PREGAME NOTES
Today’s game is part of Legends Weekend at K-State, with 42 lettermen returning to campus for various events, including a halftime shoutout. For college basketball historians with a memory that stretches back a half-century, K-State will honor its 1964 Final Four team.
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Comments

  • leroy j gibbs

    Think we can beat Baylor

  • tw eagle

    Adrian could sure use that clear plastic face mask Zeke wore when he got his nose busted . . .

  • William

    "Sweatsuit" Huggins loves ATTENTION!
    Why does he whine, cry, and yell at the ref. all game long?
    I'm going to send him some HUGGIES

  • Toadman

    Well, it was nice while it lasted. (2 games) Looks like we are headed down the steps to the Big 12 cellar again. I hate the darkness! It's going to be a long 8 weeks to the end of the BB season. Oh well, get em' ... next year?

  • leroy j gibbs

    It's national whip on West Virginia day by ksu

  • Ducks In A Row

    They do have spurt's of competiveness at times. I think it has to do with youth. They'll come around soon, or perhaps it'll take next year to do it. This will be a great basketball team.

  • mark

    here is an idea, how bout we get Mike Carey to coach the men? At least i would bet some basic fundamentals would be taught. Like blocking out!!This team has gotten worse as the season goes on.Huggins is just not the great coach everyone thinks he is

  • William

    "Sweatsuit" Huggins has taken WVU to a new level.

  • leroy j gibbs

    I feel bad for these guys. They look demoralised like last year's team.huggy another year like this next year you need to step down

  • Billy

    This is bad. I mean Drew Catlett, Drew Shafino bad. Players have been beat down, ridiculed, poorly coached and confidence destroyed by a bunch of assistants that were let go from their previous head coaching jobs. Too many drunks coaching.

    • sput

      u should know a drunk takes one to know one

      • Billy

        sput, is that short for sputter.
        OMG, you mom is going to be mad, she told you to go outside and play in the cold and leave the grownups alone.

        • Daniel

          I knew I could get under your skin now keep dreaming maybe someday you will get a chance to shake Huggins hand. Not a chance.

          • Billy

            No you are not under my skin. I have dealt with simple minded people like you before, not much worth my time.

  • joe

    I thought this team would b better then this...

  • mad hatter

    like i predicted, the game will be over in the first ten minutes

    Please, let's schedule marsha at least four times a yr in bb, and two in football, we need the practice games and easy wins

    • Oh Did Ya?

      Hate to say it but Marshall would have beat WVU this past and next football season.

      • leroy j gibbs

        True

      • mad hatter

        hummmm, seems i've heard that before, and the out come

        wvu 12 wins marsha 0

  • Dennis

    At least they are not playing in front of empty seats at home.

  • Outdoor Man

    When does rifle season start?

  • William

    I'M LOVIN' IT

    • joe

      u loser...

    • No Luck

      William I am too. This is exactly what is deserved. The new president needs to end this mess asap or we are doomed long term.

      • mineralcounty

        No Luck,
        Please don't use the term "we" because you apparently are not a true mountaineer. If you were you wouldn't be agreeing with numb nuts William and you would hurt like the rest of mountaineer nation. I don't know the solution and I'm not gonna act like I do but don't get on here and say you love seeing these guys or coach huggs losing. It's not welcome

        • William

          Sweatsuit Huggins is a MESS!
          Yes, I'm Lovin' it alot