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Wildcat report (Jan. 18)

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins looks for an explanation from an official Saturday in Manhattan.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins looks for an explanation from an official Saturday in Manhattan. The Wichita Eagle

Saturday’s box score

Kansas St. 78, West Virginia 56

W.VA. Min FGM-A FTM-A OR-TR A PF PT
Williams 24 3-7 3-6 3-7 0 2 9
Noreen 21 0-3 2-4 6-7 0 4 2
Staten 38 5-10 6-8 3-11 3 1 16
Harris 33 5-12 7-8 1-3 0 2 21
Henderson 28 1-8 0-0 0-1 1 2 2
Dibo 11 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Adrian 10 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 4 0
Browne 22 2-4 2-4 0-0 0 1 6
Watkins 11 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Hughes 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals 200 16-49 20-30 15-33 5 19 56

Percentages: FG .327, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Harris 4-8, Dibo 0-1, Hughes 0-1, Adrian 0-1, Browne 0-2, Henderson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 1 (Henderson). Turnovers: 15 (Staten 7, Williams 2, Noreen 2, Browne 2, Adrian, Harris). Steals: 7 (Harris 2, Noreen, Dibo, Watkins, Staten, Browne). Technical Fouls: None.

KANSAS ST. Min FGM-A FTM-A OR-TR A PF PT
Iwundu 20 2-2 1-2 1-2 1 3 6
Gipson 30 9-11 2-3 2-6 3 3 20
Southwell 24 6-10 4-4 1-5 4 1 20
Foster 13 6-9 0-2 0-1 0 3 15
Spradling 28 1-4 2-2 1-3 2 3 5
Thomas 32 1-6 0-1 1-3 8 2 2
Williams 24 2-5 1-2 2-6 1 3 5
Lawrence 12 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 2 0
N Johnson 9 1-1 3-4 0-1 1 1 5
Rohleder 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Meyer 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
D Johnson 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 5 0
Totals 200 28-51 13-20 9-32 22 26 78

Percentages: FG .549, FT .650. 3-Point Goals: 9-21, .429 (Southwell 4-8, Foster 3-5, Iwundu 1-1, Spradling 1-4, Rohleder 0-1, Thomas 0-2). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 3 (Southwell, Iwundu, Gipson). Turnovers: 13 (Gipson 2, Iwundu 2, Foster 2, Spradling 2, D. Johnson 2, N. Johnson, Williams, Southwell). Steals: 6 (Spradling 3, N. Johnson 2, Iwundu). Technical Fouls: None.

West Virginia 24 32 56
Kansas St. 37 41 78

A—12,528. Officials—Tom Eades, Bret Smith, Rodrick Dixon.

Huggins to Weber

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was asked afterward his thoughts on K-State’s continued improvement since his lone season in Manhattan. He responded by saying “I’ve got my own problems.”

K-State coach Bruce Weber had more to say on the topic, and praised Huggins for his help.

“He energized the program,” Weber said. “He got it going and got some life and got some players here. He brought Coach (Frank) Martin with him, which ended up being a pretty positive thing. I’m not sure we are a national, national name, but we are known now. It helps.”

Comeback for Gipson

Thomas Gipson battled foul trouble and spent most of the game on the bench earlier this week when K-State defeated Oklahoma. He vowed to make a bigger impact on Saturday. Then he followed through, scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds.

“Coaches really told me I had to bounce back,” Gipson said. “That is part of being a leader. I took it hard on myself last game. I wasn’t really in a rhythm. I was in foul trouble and I couldn’t get in the motion of playing. I really wanted to play hard today.”

Thomas gets going

Jevon Thomas didn’t make much of an impact on offense, scoring five points and sending out an assist, but he played a major role on defense. The freshman point guard was tasked with defending West Virginia guard Juwan Staten, who is one of the top guards in the conference, and forced him into seven turnovers.

Kellis Robinett

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