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Basketball

February 19, 2013

Mountaineers fall to No. 13 Wildcats, 71-61

Huggins: 'We’re supposed to win. We didn’t.'

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There were plenty of whistles blown in this game.
 
The officials called 49 fouls, and both teams spent more than 18 minutes in the bonus. The Mountaineers also had center Aaric Murray foul out, the Wildcats lost Jordan Henriquez, and there were three others who had four fouls when the game finally ended.
 
The teams combined to shoot 53 free throws.
 
“It was a very hard game to officiate,” Weber said. “I know people get upset. I get upset. But I wouldn’t take their job for anything.”
 
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.
 
“Let’s be honest,” Huggins said. “We give them five, maybe, layups in half-court defense in the first half. 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.”
 
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.
 
“We weren’t passing the ball,” Jabarie Hinds said. “We were just holding the ball. ... We didn’t have that much movement in our offense, so it was kind of easy for K-State to defend us.”
 
Kansas State extended its lead to 41-22 in the opening minutes of the second half when Kilicli tried to make a move on the low post. This time, no whistle blew and Huggins roared out onto the court in a rage, his face beet-red and an assistant coach holding him back.
 
Huggins was hit with the technical foul, drawing a roar from the crowd, and Spradling made both free throws to give the Wildcats their biggest lead of the night with 16:25 remaining.

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