West Virginia Falls Apart in Second Half to Lose to Kansas State

Cover Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Athletics

Manhattan, Kansas – The West Virginia Mountaineers (14-11 overall, 3-9 in the Big 12 Conference) likely saw their NCAA Tournament hopes destroyed tonight by losing to the Kansas State Wildcats (14-11, 6-7), 78-73.

The Mountaineers led 42-35 at halftime, but Kansas State went on an 18-2 run in the second to take the lead and stay in front for the game. West Virginia, who has now lost 9 out of their last ten games, is almost certainly out of the NCAA Tournament now, regardless of what they do for the remainder of the regular season.

West Virginia was led by senior guard Taz Sherman, who had with 23 points. Redshirt freshman Isaiah Cottrell had his best offensive game of his career, finishing with 13 points and Kedrian Johnson had a tremendous overall effort with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Jalen Bridges added 9 points and 10 rebounds.

The Mountaineers are back in action on Saturday, February 19th against the Kansas Jayhawks inside the WVU Coliseum. The sold out game starts at 8:00PM.