MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Rebounding from an atrocious performance at Kansas State two weeks ago, West Virginia made amends during Saturday’s rematch, winning 81-71.
Coach Bob Huggins said he expected as much.
“We were horrible (in the 78-56 loss at Manhattan) and I thought they played pretty well,” Huggins said. “I read where Bruce (Weber) said that may be their best game of the year, and I’m thinking, OK, that’s their best game of the year and we were awful. I mean we were just dreadful.
“So I thought we’re going to play better.”
In pulling even with the Wildcats at 5-4 in the Big 12 standings, West Virginia enjoyed a 37-19 advantage in free-throw attempts, thanks in large part to point guard Juwan Staten going 18-of-21 at the line.
“We thought we could get to the free-throw line, from just watching tape, and we were able to,” Huggins said.
Said K-State’s Weber regarding the free-throw disparity: “We didn’t get many and they got a bunch.”