The 12th-ranked West Virginia men’s basketball team is on a three-game win streak as they begin their second road trip of the conference slate against Kansas State. The action gets underway at 2 p.m. and it will be shown on ESPNU.
This game log will have updates and analysis as the game unfolds, so be sure to check back.
FINAL: West Virginia falls to Kansas State, 84-68.
1:05 (WVU 64, KSU 81): Gabe Osabuohien fouls out as Kansas State has sunk five straight buckets. Sloan hits the line for KSU with two shots. The Wildcats have taken back control of the scoring, putting together a run which will likely seal the win for them.
4:21 (WVU 57, KSU 71): Foul trouble update: Makol Mawien is the first Wildcat to foul out while Levi Stockard is in trouble with 4. In addition, Xavier Sneed has 3. For WVU, McBride and Osabuohien have 4 while Culver has 3.
7:44 (WVU 54, KSU 60): Harler and Osabuohien are the first Mountaineers to hit double figures, while the whole team has really cleaned up their play. They haven’t committed a turnover in several minutes while forcing them on the other end. Diarra leads all scorers still with 18 points.
10:17 (WVU 46, KSU 57): WVU is on a 20-4 run at the moment with a group effort on defense and offense. They’ve tightened up and forced several turnovers, turning those into 12 second half points.
11:23 (WVU 38, KSU 57): The second half has teetered back and forth, but Kansas State is still in control. Gabe Osabuohien has emerged as a secret weapon for West Virginia, though, as he’s chipped in 9 points so far with aggressive play inside. Besides the 4 turnovers, WVU has improved their offense with a 62.5-percent rate from the floor in the half.
15:44 (WVU 27, KSU 48): West Virginia starts the first half off with a trio of turnovers, which is more than the amount of field goals they’ve gotten off so far. On the other end, Kansas State has made a trio of buckets to get six quick points to start the half.
West Virginia first-half scorers: Tshiebwe (8); Osabuohien, Haley (4); McCabe (3); Culver, McBride, Harler (2)
- FGs: 37%
- 3PT: 10%
- FT: 50%
- REB: 21
- TO: 12
Kansas State first-half scorers: D. Gordon (13); Sneed (12); Diarra (9); Sloan, Mawien, A. Gordon, Murphy (2)
- FGs: 58%
- 3PT: 10%
- FT: 58%
- REB: 12
- TO: 6
HALF: Kansas State leads West Virginia at the break, 42-25.
1:52 (WVU 23, KSU 34): Another telling state for the Mountaineers — 11 turnovers already for them, and it’s not even halftime. 19 of Kansas State’s points have come from them, which is killing West Virginia.
3:24 (WVU 21, KSU 28): West Virginia has no answer on defense for Sneed or Gordon, who have each made all their shots to combine for 17 points. Offensively, though, they are having trouble getting the ball inside — even with 9 offensive boards, they’ve put together just 2 second chance points. The bulk of their scoring has come from the big guys, with Osabuohien, Culver and Tshiebwe combining to go 7-for-8 with 12 points.
7:31 (WVU 15, KSU 19): The Mountaineers went cold for several minutes, missing seven straight shots, five of which were jumpers. That allowed the Wildcats to add another five points to their lead until Oscar Tshiebwe lay one in, stopping the drought. The freshman has 6, the most for WVU so far.
11:32 (WVU 11, KSU 14): Shot selection seems to be the difference in this matchup. The Mountaineers are struggling to make their shots at a 38-percent clip, while the Wildcats are making more than half of theirs, including a 74-percent mark from deep. DaJuan Gordon leads the way for both teams with 6 points.
15:52 (WVU 7, KSU 4): It didn’t look good at first for West Virginia. Xavier Sneed got Kansas State out to a quick 4-0 lead; but the Mountaineers got it together quickly with a 7-0 run to put them ahead at the first media timeout.
- Jordan McCabe
- Jermaine Haley
- Emmitt Matthews Jr.
- Derek Culver
- Oscar Tshiebwe
- Cartier Diarra
- David Sloan
- Makol Mawien
- Xavier Sneed
- Levi Stockard III