• Key Play: Juwan Staten hit a driving layup that gave West Virginia a 10-8 lead, which it parlayed into a big first-half lead.
• Key Stat: K-State lost eight turnovers.
• Key Play: Thomas Gipson threw the ball away trying to hit Shane Southwell with K-State trailing 68-67.
• Key Stat: Staten made 12 free throws.
K-State has been looking forward to its week off for a while now, but coach Bruce Weber is still trying to figure out the best way to use the next six days off.
“I would like to practice,” Weber said. “But we have got so many guys that are hurting we probably have to give them more days off than practice days. It will be that fine line between getting guys healthy and practicing down the stretch.”
No matter what the schedule consists of, Weber knows it needs to lead to positive results. He views K-State’s next game against Texas, which handed Kansas its first conference loss on Saturday, as a must.
“We’ve got to get Texas next Saturday,” Weber said. “It is going to be big.”
• K-State gave credit to Juwan Staten for his big day.
Last month, the Wildcats held him in check at Bramlage Coliseum. On Saturday, he did whatever he wanted on his way to 35 points. K-State didn’t have anyone who could stay in front of him off the dribble.
“Last game, going over the film, we guarded their motion very well, so this time I felt they wanted to bring (Thomas) Gipson out (of the lane) more and use more ball screens,” Marcus Foster said, “and spread out the court, because (Eron) Harris had been shooting good. They wanted Staten to attack and get Harris on wide-open shots. The court felt way bigger because they were so spread out this time.”
• Senior guard Shane Southwell had another subpar game. He scored five points and grabbed four rebounds in 25 minutes. His three turnovers were all costly.
• K-State scored a season-high 48 points in the paint.
• Reserve guard Nigel Johnson had his first significant action in a few games. He played 11 minutes and scored two points.
• West Virginia has won three of its last four games and is above .500 in Big 12 play for the first time since early January.
| Kellis Robinett, The Star