Cats lose on road at WVU, 81-71

By Joel Jellison

Despite having a chance to take the lead with 2 and 1/2 minutes to play, the Kansas State men’s basketball team came up short with an 81-71 loss to West Virginia in Morgantown, W.V.

The Wildcats trailed 39-31 at the half, but just like they did against Iowa State in their last road game, they came back again to challenge the Mountaineers lead. With 2:30 left to play, West Virginia missed two shots at the basket and let a ball slip out of bounds, giving the Wildcats a chance to take the lead trailing 68-67. Over the next five posessions, the Wildcats had three turnovers, made 1 of 2 free throws and missed a shot in the paint.

Marcus Foster led K-State (15-7, 5-4) with 23 points, while Thomas Gipson had 19 points. West Virginia (13-9, 5-3) got a career-high 35 points out of Juwan Staten, while Terry Henderson had 13, Eron Harris had 11 and Remi Dibo scored 10.

West Virginia made 29 of 37 free throws, while the Wildcats made just 8 of 19. Staten was 18 of 21 from the free-throw line.

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