No. 6 WVU Wins 13th Straight With Victory At K-State
West Virginia won its 13th straight game with a 77-69 victory at Kansas State Monday.
The triumph was WVU’s second in as many games in the Big 12, as the Mountaineers opened the conference portion with a 2-0 road trip for the fourth time in the past five seasons.
Ranked No. 6 in the country, West Virginia, which is 13-1 overall and 2-0 in Big 12 play, now returns home and will enjoy a few days of rest before entertaining No. 7 Oklahoma (11-1) Saturday night.
An early 11-0 run pushed the Mountaineers to a 19-9 lead midway through the first half. West Virginia was getting contributions from everyone at that point. Of its first 20 points, no Mountaineer had more than six, but seven different players had scored.
But WVU’s 10-point lead began to fade away late in the first half, as the visitors went scoreless for almost three minutes. K-State hit a couple threes in the final two minutes, cutting the Mountaineer lead to 31-26 at halftime. Neither team had anyone in double figures in the first 20 minute, as Teddy Allen had eight West Virginia and Barry Brown matched that for the Wildcats.
KSU tried to battle back in the second half, trimming the margin to three early in the period, but the Mountaineers consistently had answers on the offensive end, as Lamont West and Allen provided WVU with much of its offense. West finished with 19 points in the game, 15 of them coming in the second half. Allen wound up with 22 in the contest, 14 of them in the second half. West Virginia also got 10 points from both Daxter Miles and Beetle Bolden, but West and Allen combined for 41 of WVU’s total of 77.
For the second straight game, Jevon Carter’s shooting was off the mark, as the senior guard scored just three points while hitting only 1-of-7 shots. But he still contributed in other manners, dishing out 10 assists, hauling down a team-high eight rebounds and coming away with three steals.
K-State was led in the scoring column by Xavier Sneed, who had 20 points, followed by Dean Wade, who added 17. But the Wildcats made just 20-of-56 field goal attempts as a team. They needed the foul line to stay close, converting 19-of-25 free throw attempts. WVU missed its only first half foul shot, but knocked down 13-of-15 at the line in the second half to secure the victory.