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Game Recap: WVU vs. Kansas State

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West Virginia struggles on the road, falling to Kansas State for the second time this season, 71-61.

West Virginia (13-13, 6-7) is now 0-5 against ranked opponents this season.  Kansas State (21-5, 10-3) has won 14 straight over unranked opponents at home.

Bob Huggins' had a tough outing in his first return to the Bramlage Coliseum since coaching the Wildcats in 2007.

In the second half, Huggins' couldn't restrain his frustration as he had some choice words for the referee.  He received a technical foul that brought Kansas State's lead to 21-points at the time.

The outrage did help the Mountaineers for a brief period of time.  Senior leader, Deniz Kilicli, picked up the team in route to a 7-0 run.  The mountain West Virginia needed to climb was simply too high.

West Virginia did keep Kansas State's leading scorer, Rodney McGruder, to just 10 points tonight.  He has averaged 15 points per game on 45% shooting this season.

Filling in for his absence was junior guard Will Spradling.  One of the best overall performers on the night put up 19 points with four rebounds and two assists.

Eron Harris was in foul trouble for the majority of the night, leading him to tears early in the second half.  Both Harris and Kilicli saw limited time in the first twenty minutes as each player had two fouls.

Harris picked up his third on a controversial call in the second half, forcing him back to the bench.  As the team's leading scorer, the freshman was visibly frustrated.

He committed a technical foul in the second half and fouled out.   He finished the night without a single point, only being on the floor for eight minutes.

The two bigs for WVU were also the two bright spots.  Kilicli followed up his career best performance with a 16 point outing tonight.  Aaric Murray, still the team's second leading scorer, put up nine points of his own while bringing down nine rebounds.

Kansas State was able to play well moving the ball around.  On 23 made field goals, they had 19 assists.  They shot 50% from the field, and were 19-of-23 from the charity stripe.

Five players scored in double-digits for the Wildcats, and just one did for the Mountaineers.

The Mountaineers have five days until their next contest.  They'll be at home against No. 14 Oklahoma State.  WVU fell to the Cowboys in their first meeting this season by a score of 80-66.

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