MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Cartier Diarra tied a career high with 25 points, Xavier Sneed added 16, Dujuan Gordon had a career high 15, and Kansas State held off No. 12 West Virginia 84-68 for their first win in Big 12 play this season on Saturday.
Kansas State (8-9, 1-4 Big 12) went up by as many as 23, but a 15-0 run by the Mountaineers cut the lead to eight in the second half, thanks in part to seven turnovers in four minutes by the Wildcats.
West Virginia (14-3, 3-2) would get as close as six, but the Wildcats held on and won by 16.
Miles McBride and Chase Harler paced the Mountaineers with 11 points each, Gabe Osabuohein had 10 as West Virginia lost their first game when the trailed at halftime.
Turnovers proved costly for West Virginia as they committed 18 and Kansas State scored 28 off those mistakes.
Kansas State shot 59% from the field and held the Mountaineers to 45%. The Wildcats hit nine 3’s while West Virginia had 41 bench points.
With two minutes left in the first half, it was a fastbreak dunk by Antonio Gordon assisted by Dujuan Gordon that got the crowd on their feet pushing the Wildcat lead to 11.
Kansas State held a 17-point lead at halftime and shot 58% in the first 20 minutes of play.
Kansas State: This was the best game played by the Wildcats all season. They needed a win like this one before taking on their in-state rival up next.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers had way too many turnovers and didn’t shoot the ball very well.
Kansas State travels to Kansas on Tuesday.
West Virginia hosts Texas on Monday.
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