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Brown leads No. 23 Kansas State past WVU

Barry Brown (5) shoot free throws in warmups before Kansas State defeated West Virginia on Monday, February 18, 2019. (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

Barry Brown (5) shoot free throws in warmups before Kansas State defeated West Virginia on Monday, February 18, 2019.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Barry Brown scored 21 points as No.23 Kansas State defeated West Virginia 65-51 on Monday night at the Coliseum.

Xavier Sneed had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (20-6, 10-3 Big 12). Battling through an injury, Dean Wade added 10 points.

Both teams battled closely until about midway through the second half when K-State went on a 14-0 run, fueled by a couple 3s from Sneed, to take control of the game.

Lamont West led the Mountaineers (10-16, 2-11) with 16 points. Freshman Derek Culver picked up his sixth double-double with 11 points and 13 boards. Freshman Brandon Knapper added 10 points.

WVU outrebounded the Wildcats 35-31.

“We win these road games and you do that with experience,” K-State head coach Bruce Weber said. “You’ve got guys who have been through it, they’re poised, they stay focused, and they’re disciplined on defense. You only have a chance if you guard on the road.”

Barry Brown (5) takes a shot in the first half and Emmitt Matthews (11) tries to block it on Monday, February 18, 2019.  Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

Barry Brown (5) takes a shot in the first half and Emmitt Matthews (11) tries to block it on Monday, February 18, 2019.
Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

The Mountaineers shot 35 percent from the field, 22 percent from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the free throw line.

“I thought we played hard. We had some breakdowns that let them make a spread in the game,”  head coach Bob Huggins said. “I thought we played hard. I don’t think our errors were lack of hustle, but we have to do a better job sticking with the game plan. You’re not going to win a game shooting 34 percent. We have to make shots.”

The Wildcats shot 44 percent from the floor, 39 percent from long range and 90 percent from the charity stripe.

In the first half, former WVU standout Jevon Carter presented the Norma Mae Huggins Foundation with a check for $27,500, which he raised with proceeds from his “Treadmill Mentality” t-shirt.

The Mountaineers travel to Waco, Texas to take on Baylor on Saturday at 2 p.m. (ET).

Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

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