West Virginia sweeps season series vs. Kansas State
January 27, 2016 12:00 AM
Raymond Thompson/Associated Press
West Virginia forward Jonathan Holton (1) drives the basket while being defended by Kansas State forward Wesley Iwundu (25) in the second half Tuesday night in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)
By The Associated Press
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia played so well against Kansas State Tuesday night that two technical fouls couldn’t even slow down the Mountaineers.
Jonathan Holton had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 9 West Virginia to a 70-55 Big 12 Conference victory that gave the Mountaineers a sweep of the season series.
It was Holton’s second double-double in three games for the Mountaineers (17-3, 6-2).
Justin Edwards had 11 points for Kansas State (12-8, 2-6), which cut West Virginia’s lead to single digits in the second half just once. Dean Wade had nine points for the Wildcats, who connected on 20 of 57 shots (35.1 percent), and lost for the fifth straight time.
West Virginia, which led, 34-25, at halftime, picked up consecutive technical fouls in the first half with no time going off the clock.
First, Tarik Phillip was whistled for a technical after making a layup to tie the score at 7-7. That was at 16:35 and Wade made one of the two free throws. The West Virginia bench was then hit with another technical. Edwards missed two free throws so the Wildcats led by one point.
“It’s not what I was trying to do,” Phillip said of the drawing the technical. “I guess it’s our emotions. They’re just trying to control our emotions, so that they can focus on controlling the game, I guess. That’s just part of it.”
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was at a loss to explain the technicals.
“I don’t know [about the bench technical],” he said. “Ask them. I’m to the point [to where] I’m going to defend our guys. They can’t do it, obviously. Tarik got a technical for I don’t know what happened. But I’m going to defend them. It wears on you.”
The Mountaineers then went on a 10-0 run to go ahead, 17-8.
When Edwards finally scored it had been over six minutes since the Wildcats had scored. It was 17-10 with 10:14 remaining in the first half and the lead would get to nine for the Mountaineers.
In the second half, Kansas State got as close as 41-34 after seven consecutive points, but Nathan Adrian, playing for injured starter Esa Ahmad, knocked in a 3 and West Virginia led, 44-34 with 12:12 to play.
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