MORGANTOWN W.Va- The Mountaineers avenged their January loss to Kansas State Saturday afternoon, with a 66-57 victory against the Wildcats in Morgantown.
Battling in a back and forth start to the game, the Mountaineers went on a 10-0 run midway through the first half, but the Wildcats quickly responded in the last few minutes to hold West Virginia to a 30-27 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Mountaineer physicality prevailed, much in part of Derek Culver, who posted another double-double to his resume.
Culver led the floor with 19 points and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes of action, in one of his most complete games of the season.
They did us pretty bad last time (in Manhatten). We don’t forget anything, so we had to come out here and return the favor,” said Culver. “We came out with aggression, and tried to set the tone from the jump, and I feel we did a pretty good job doing that.”
Davis Sloan led Kansas State on their runs and finished with 13 points, but the Wildcats shot just 17% from three-point land, 47% less than the Red Raiders shot from three, in Lubbock.
Rebounding from a loss at Texas Tech, Bob Huggins highlighted his teams’ preparedness, as a reason for success days after the tough road loss.
“We were much more ready to play today than what we were (in Manhatten.),” said Huggins. “They’re hard to play against. Bruce does a great job. They spread you out offensively and defensively they’re really physical.
Oscar Tshiebwe also tallied eight points and eight rebounds on the afternoon.
With the win, the Mountaineers move to 17-4 (5-3) and will move on to face Iowa St. for the first time this season, at the Coliseum Wednesday night.
The game will tip-off at 7:00 P.M and will be televised on ESPN2.