Saturday evening, the 14th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers defeated Kansas State 69-47 on the road to improve to 10-4 (3-3) on the year.
If you didn't know West Virginia hadn't played a game in two weeks prior to this evening's game, you would not be shocked by the outcome of the game. The fact that the Mountaineers had that much of a layoff and didn't have any trouble settling into the game is pretty impressive regardless of the opponent.
West Virginia jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead with the third made field goal of the game coming off a nice feed from Miles McBride to Jalen Bridges cutting through the backdoor for the dunk.
Turnovers plagued Kansas State in the first half and found themselves trailing 21-6 12 minutes into the game and averaged one turnover per minute. The Mountaineers' half-court defense did a good job of taking away passing lanes and easy looks at the basket but a lot of the turnovers were unforced. Kansas State was careless with the basketball which is why they had 18 turnovers and 18 field goal attempts at the half.
Miles McBride was into double figures by the half as he had 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the field and hit two of three from beyond the arc. Redshirt freshman Jalen Bridges was also productive on the offensive end notching seven points and two steals in the first 20 minutes including a three in front of the K-State bench. Derek Culver had just two points and was 1-5 from the floor.
West Virginia led at the break, 31-17.
The Wildcats chipped away at the lead in the first few minutes of the 2nd half and were able to cut the deficit to just eight following a technical foul on true freshman big Seny N'diaye. On the following possession, Gabe Osabuohien dished a bounce pass to Jalen Bridges cutting to the basket throwing it down for another dunk. Taz Sherman connected from three-point land on back-to-back possessions to extend the lead back to 16, 44-28.
Both teams went cold on the offensive end of the floor in the final 14 minutes of the game, but West Virginia had eleven points from the free-throw line in the final 10 minutes of the game to remain in firm control of the game up to the final buzzer.
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