MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jevon Carter had 19 points and nine rebounds as No. 13 West Virginia University pummeled Kansas State 85-66 on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.
Esa Ahmad tallied 11 points and Lamont West added six points and grabbed nine boards for the Mountaineers.
Wesley Iwundu led the Wildcats (16-9, 5-7 Big 12) with 14 points. Kamau Stokes had 12 points and Brian Patrick recorded 11. Xavier Sneed and Barry Brown each added 10.
WVU (20-5, 8-4) forced 19 turnovers, leading to 25 points but committed 18 miscues themselves.
“We turn people loose too much,” Mountaineers’ head coach Bob Huggins said. “We have to do a better job of not turning people loose at the rim. Thank God we have five centers because if we only had two, both of them would foul out. We just can’t keep turning people loose at the rim like that. It’s all of the perimeter guys.”
WVU struggled to make shots early on but found its groove in the second half.
Sagaba Konate’s putback on Tarik Phillip’s miss gave the Mountaineers a 42-39 edge with 16:52 remaining.
After Sneed’s 3-pointer early in the half, K-State went cold, failing to make a shot from the field for over six minutes.
“We didn’t always make the right pass,” Wildcats head coach Bruce Weber said. “We didn’t make all the right plays. We missed some shots. We missed open shots. I kind of joked before the game against them because of the way they play. You move the ball and you have to jump up and make open shots. It always helps.”
Carter’s 3-pointer from the corner extended WVU’s lead to 60-48 with 10:34 remaining.
It was smooth sailing the rest of the way for the Mountaineers.
Trailing 14-9, WVU brought in Beetle Bolden, who swished a 3-pointer with 11:58 left in the half, giving the Mountaineers a surge of energy.
Carter sank a 3 to cap a 17-1 run and put WVU in front 23-15 with 7:24 to play. But Patrick’s 3-pointer would end a 9-0 run, handing the Wildcats a 30-27 lead.
The two teams exchanged baskets over the next several minutes and went to the break tied 34-34.
The Mountaineers had a 47-26 advantage on the glass. WVU outscored K-State 50-18 in the paint.
The Mountaineers shot 50 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc. WVU made 17-of-21 from the charity stripe.
K-State shot 35 percent from the floor, 33 percent from 3-point range and 68 percent from the free throw line.
The Wildcats were without starting center D.J. Johnson, who was sidelined with an ankle sprain.
The Mountaineers will travel to the Phog Allen Fieldhouse on Monday to square off against No. 3 Kansas. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS