MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Somewhat obscured by Juwan Staten’s monster day, Remi Dibo scored 10 points and delivered what was arguably the most crucial basket in West Virginia’s 81-71 victory over Kansas State.
Dibo’s 3-pointer with 2:09 left—after the Wildcats pulled to within 68-67—started an 11-1 run that carried WVU to its biggest win of the season. The 6-foot-7 French forward came open on the left wing, where he took a pass from forward Devin Williams
“Devin saw me wide-open and I took care of the rest,” said Dibo, who made 2-of-3 from 3-point range and reached double-figures in back-to-back games for the first time at WVU.
A defensive liability most of the season, Dibo also contributed to a monumental Kansas State turnover with 1:19 left, when he combined with Terry Henderson to trap Shane Southwell along the sideline.
“It’s all about intensity (in trapping),” Dibo said. “Coach Huggs always tells us you can’t just half-play the thing. We put pressure on (Southwell) and he lost he ball.”
Dibo made his second start and played 24 minutes Saturday, quite a turn from the scoreless, 11-minute outing he endured when K-State won the first matchup 78-56.
“We wasn’t ready for them when we went over there and we got blown out,” he said. “We was ready for them this time.”