Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Goes Down at No. 9 West Virginia, 70-55

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Goes Down at No. 9 West Virginia, 70-55

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- It was a sequence early in the game with plenty of time to recover, but it was a chance for Kansas State to grasp momentum in a tough road environment.

Instead, the Wildcats let it slip through their fingers.

The score was tied less than four minutes into the game when West Virginia was slapped with two technical fouls. K-State made only one of four free throws then failed to score on the ensuing possession to let the Mountaineers off the hook.

The No. 9 Mountaineers, dismayed or enraged by the two technicals, responded with 10 straight points and K-State never held the lead again in a 70-55 loss Tuesday at WVU Coliseum.

"Obviously, it doesn't help," K-State coach Bruce Weber said. "The momentum changed, I really thought. We had a bad stretch there offensively and they got fired up. They got the calls after that and they got fired up and played at a high level.

"It's ironic they get two technicals and we go one-for-four from the line, but if you study the next foul calls I think it changed a lot. But that's basketball, and they have a good team and they are playing hard with a lot of confidence."

The Wildcats (12-8, 2-6 Big 12) had their worst offensive game of the season with a low of 55 points on 35-percent shooting (20 of 57 overall, 1 of 18 on 3-pointers).

"We weren't knocking down open shots," said Justin Edwards, the only Wildcat to reach double figures with 11 points. "I think we were rushing our shots too much and not finishing strong at the basket. We have to keep moving the ball and make strong plays."

West Virginia (17-3, 6-2) pulled into a 7-7 tie on a driving layup by Tarik Phillip, who drew a technical foul after the bucket. K-State's Dean Wade went 1 of 2 at the free throw line, then WVU coach Bob Huggins was hit with a technical.

"Tarik got a technical for God knows what happened," Huggins said. "I am going to defend them."

Edwards went to the line this time and missed both free throws. …

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