MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Even after suffering a loss last Wednesday to Texas, the West Virginia Mountaineers still found a home in the Associated Press top 10 this week.
No.9 WVU (16-3, 5-2) picked up the pieces from the Texas loss when it rallied to beat Texas Tech on Saturday. The Mountaineers trailed by four with 1:10 left when Tarik Phillip scored eight points to carry WVU to an 80-76 victory.
Phillip tallied 20 points and Jaysean Paige had 22 points against the Red Raiders.
It was Phillip and Paige who helped the Mountaineers knock off Kansas State when the two teams met in Manhattan earlier this month.
The 6-foot-3 Phillip came off the bench and scored 14 points on six-of-eight shooting. The 6-foot-2 Paige carried WVU most of the day during the 87-83 double overtime victory.
He scored a game-best 25 points on nine-of-17 shooting. The senior guard grabbed seven rebounds.
Paige leads the Mountaineers in scoring. He averages 13.6 points per game and is shooting 49 percent from the floor.
Junior Devin Williams averages 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-9 has struggled offensively over the last few games and has found himself in foul trouble against Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
Williams played only 25 minutes against the Wildcats the last go around. He had seven points and five rebounds.
Jonathan Holton is 10th in the country in offensive rebounds, averaging 4.1 per game. The senior forward scored 13 points and six rebounds against the Red Raiders.
Daxter Miles Jr. recovered from a disappointing performance against the Longhorns last week when he scored 11 against Texas Tech. The sophomore guard dropped a huge three when WVU was down by five to close in on the Red Raiders.
Sophomore Jevon Carter is averaging 11.3 points and a team-best 3.2 assists per game. He is shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc.
Kansas State (12-7, 2-5) won its second game in Big 12 play on Saturday with an 89-73 win over Oklahoma State.
The Wildcats shot 57.7 percent from the floor, including 52.9 percent from three. All five starters were in double figures.
Guards Kamau Stokes and Justin Edwards scored 13 points each. Wesley Iwundu and forward Dean Wade both had 12 points, and forward Stephen Hurt added 11.
When the Mountaineers and Kansas State met the first time, Iwundu scored 16 points and Stokes had 15.
Freshman guard Barry Brown stole the show back on January 2. He came off the bench against the Cowboys and scored nine points.
Tuesday’s showdown will be the 1oth meeting between WVU and the Wildcats. The Mountaineers have won the last four meetings.
WVU is 2-2 at the Coliseum against Kansas State.
Tipoff for Tuesday night game is at 7 p.m. (ET) and will be televised on ESPNews.