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Basketball

February 19, 2013

No. 13 Wildcats roll past West Virginia, 71-61

Bob Huggins receives warm reception in his first trip back to Bramlage Coliseum since leaving Wildcats for Mountaineers

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The reception was probably the highlight for Huggins on this night.
 
He watched the Wildcats use an 18-2 run to seize control in the opening minutes, and then was whistled for a technical foul for arguing with officials in the second half. Moments later, his leading scorer — freshman guard Eron Harris — fouled out after throwing an elbow on defense and then picking up a technical foul of his own.
 
“I mean, I really like this place,” Huggins said. “I like the people. The people have been wonderful. It’s nice to see people you haven’t seen in a while, but at the end of the day, it’s a business trip. We’re supposed to win. We didn’t.”
 
Deniz Kilicli had 16 points for the Mountaineers (13-13, 6-7), but he didn’t get a whole lot of help. The rest of their starters combined for 13 points, with two of them getting shut out.
 
“We were just holding the ball,” said the Mountaineers’ Jabarie Hinds. “We didn’t have that much movement in our offense, so it was kind of easy for K-State to defend us.”
 
After conceding the first basket a minute into the game, the Wildcats went on their big run that covered the next 8 minutes. Gipson did most of the damage inside for the Wildcats, the burly sophomore forward at one point scoring seven consecutive points.
 
West Virginia was just 1 of 8 from beyond the arc over the first 20 minutes, and committed eight turnovers — six of them during Kansas State’s big run early in the half.
 
The Wildcats led 33-20 at the break.
 
“Let’s be honest. We give them five, maybe, layups in half-court defense in the first half,” Huggins said. “Maybe another three or four in the second half. You’re talking somewhere between 16 and 20 points that were point-blank layups that eighth-graders make.”

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