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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Holton powers No. 9 WVU past Kansas State

Jonathan Holton (1) defends the inbounds pass against Kansas State. (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

Jonathan Holton (1) defends the inbounds pass against Kansas State.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jonathan Holton notched his second double-double in three games as No. 9 West Virginia defeated Kansas State 70-55 on Tuesday evening at the Coliseum.

The senior forward scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Mountaineers (17-3, 6-2 Big 12). Jaysean Paige tallied 12 points. Nathan Adrian  scored a season-high 10 points.

“I thought Nate (Adrian) had the best game of his career,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “He passed the ball. He kept the ball moving. His passes were good. Defensively, he was really good. He made some shots, but I think his floor game was very good.”

Teyvon Myers came off the bench and added seven points and grabbed three rebounds.

“Teyvon is getting better and better,” Huggins said. “You’ve got to give the kid credit. He comes in here as the leading scorer in all of junior college a year ago and he put himself in a really bad spot, he knows he did it and he knows he’s had to work his way out and to his credit, he’s trying.”

Justin Edwards was the only player in double-figure scoring for the Wildcats (12-8, 2-6). He had 11 points. Dean Wade added nine.

Jaysean Paige (5)  (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

Jaysean Paige (5)
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

WVU shot 43 percent from the floor and 28 percent from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers made 19-of-32 from the line.

Kansas State shot 35 percent from the field and a lowly six percent from 3-point range. The Wildcats connected on 14-of-23 from the line.

Kansas State got as close as 41-34 in the second half after scoring seven consecutive points.

The Wildcats were on a 7-0 run when Adrian dropped a 3-pointer with 12:24 to play to give WVU a 44-34 lead.

Tarik Phillip was whistled for a technical foul with 16:33 to play in the first half. Huggins was immediately issued another technical from the bench, but luckily for the Mountaineers, Kansas State missed 3-of-4.

After the technical fouls, WVU went on a 10-0 run. The Wildcats couldn’t buy a basket, missing nine straight. Paige drained a 3 with 11:20 to go to give the Mountaineers a 17-8 lead.

Jevon Carter drained a 3 with 13 seconds remaining to give the Mountaineers a 34-25 advantage at the half.

WVU swept the season series against the Wildcats.

WVU's Jevon Carter (2), Kansas State's Dean Wade (32) and Nathan Adrian line up for free throws on Tuesday January 26, 2016. (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

WVU’s Jevon Carter (2), Kansas State’s Dean Wade (32) and Nathan Adrian line up for free throws on Tuesday January 26, 2016.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

The Mountaineers were tied with Oklahoma and Baylor for first place in the Big 12 coming into Tuesday night

Adrian made his first start of the season for Esa Ahmad, who was injured.

WVU’s bench outscored Kansas State’s 30-15.
The Mountaineers will travel to Gainesville on Saturday to take on the Florida Gators as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

 

 

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