K-State Drops Heartbreaker to 19/17 West Virginia, 87-83, in 2OTs




12-1 (1-0 Big 12)

10-3 (0-1 Big 12)

J. Paige: 25pts, 7rebs, 1ast
T. Phillip: 14pts, 5asts, 4rebs
D. Miles: 10pts, 3rebs, 3stls

B. Brown: 20pts, 3rebs, 2asts
W. Iwundu: 16pts, 7rebs, 1ast
K. Stokes: 15pts, 3asts, 2rebs

West Virginia 33 36 6 12 87
K-State 34 35 6 8 83

MANHATTAN, Kan. - No. 19/17 West Virginia scored the final four points of the second overtime, including a pair of free throws from Jevon Carter with 5 seconds remaining, to hold on for an 87-83 win over Kansas State on Saturday before 12,270 at Bramlage Coliseum.

The game went back and forth between the two teams with the lead changing 29 times to go with 19 ties, including 11 lead changes in the second half to force overtime. It marked the first double overtime game in Bramlage Coliseum history and the first overtime contest since an 85-82 win over Kansas on Feb. 10, 2014.

With the score knotted at 83-all, Tarik Phillip converted on a jumper with 1:08 remaining in the second overtime to give the Mountaineers (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) the lead for good. The Wildcats (10-3, 0-1 Big 12) had two shots in the final minute, as freshman Dean Wade missed a 3-pointer with 48 seconds left and junior Wesley Iwundu had a layup blocked with 7 seconds left on the clock before Carter’s two free throws.

The loss snapped K-State’s 11-game homecourt winning streak, including its 8-0 mark this season. It was the first loss in a home Big 12 opener since No. 6 Oklahoma knocked off the Wildcats, 61-53, on Jan. 10, 2009.

Freshman Barry Brown paced four Wildcats in double figures with a season-high 20 points on 6-of-12 field goals, including 2-of-6 from 3-point range, while Iwundu (16), Kamau Stokes (15) and Wade (13) all scored double-digits. The three freshmen accounted for 48 of the 83 points on 14-of-29 field goals.

West Virginia’s Jaysean Paige scored a career-high 25 points on 9-of-17 field goals to go along with a career-tying 7 rebounds, while Phillip scored 14 points, 9 of which came in both overtime periods. 

The Mountaineers now lead the all-time series, 5-4, which includes four consecutive wins since 2014.

The Basics

Final Score: Kansas State 83, 19/17 West Virginia 87 (2OT)
Records: Kansas State 10-3, 0-1 Big 12 // West Virginia 12-1, 1-0 Big 12
Attendance: 12,270
Next Game: Tuesday, Jan. 5 \\ at Texas \\ 7 p.m. CT \\ Longhorn Network

The Short Story

K-State saw its 11-game homecourt winning streak come to an end on Saturday, as No. 19/17 West Virginia posted an 87-83 win in double overtime before 12,270 fans at Bramlage Coliseum.
There were 29 lead changes and 19 ties during the course of the game. 
The Mountaineers’ 87 points were a season-high for an opponent and the most by an opponent since Nebraska also scored 87 on Feb. 17, 2010.
West Virginia connected on 47.1 percent (32-of-68) from the field and held a 43-35 edge on the glass, which included 15 offensive rebounds resulting in 13 second-chance points.
The Wildcats shot 44.8 percent (26-of-58), but just 15.8 percent (3-of-19) from 3-point range, including a combined 0-of-11 in the second half and overtime. The team also missed 15 free throws, including 10 in the first half when they held as much as a 9-point lead.
West Virginia’s Jaysean Paige led all scorers in the game with a career-high 25 points, which included 20 in the second half and overtime, and tied a career high for rebounds with 7. 
Freshman Barry Brown set a new season-high with 20 points to lead four Wildcats in double figures. 
The Wildcats dropped to 0-3 this season vs. Top 25 opponents.

How It Happened | First Half
K-State jumped out to early 6-2 lead at the 16:41 mark on the strength of 4 points from Stokes.
West Virginia slowly chipped away at the deficit, taking a 14-13 edge at the 11:46 mark on a jumper by Carter. 
The Wildcats responded with an 11-1 run over the next 4:30 to take their largest lead at 24-15 on a pair of free throws from Brown at the 7:59 mark.
The Mountaineers again responded with a 12-3 run to retake the lead at 27-25 with 4:25 before halftime.
The teams traded the lead over the next four possessions before Iwundu and Ervin connected on layups to give K-State a 34-31 at 1:35 mark.
West Virginia’s Elijah Macon scored on a layup with 36 seconds left to cut the deficit to 34-33 at halftime.
Both teams shot over 48 percent in the opening half with West Virginia shooting 48.3 percent (14-of-29) to K-State’s 48 percent (12-of-25). Neither team shot well from the free throw line with the Wildcats at 41.2 percent (7-of-17) compared to the Mountaineers’ 50 percent (5-of-10).
Stokes led all scorers with 10 points for K-State on 4-of-7 field goals.

How It Happened | Second Half
K-State hit three layups in the early part of the second half to give the Wildcats an early 40-35 edge.
An Iwundu tip-in gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the half, 59-53, with 7:32 remaining. 
However, a quick 5-0 run by the Mountaineers cut the lead to 59-58 with 5:37 to play. 
The teams traded baskets before Paige hit two free throws to give West Virginia a 69-67 advantage with just over a minute left in regulation. 
Junior D.J. Johnson hit two clutch free throws with 22 seconds remaining in the half to tie the game at 69-69 and force overtime. 
Wade scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half after being held scoreless in the first period. Iwundu added 10 points after halftime. 

How It Happened | 1st OT
K-State took its only lead of the first overtime period, courtesy of two made free throws from Johnson. 
Phillip connected on a layup to give West Virginia a 75-73 with two minutes remaining. 
Brown tied the game at 75-75 after hitting a layup with 1:31 remaining to force a second overtime period. 
Phillip led all scorers in the first overtime with 3 points…Wade, Brown and Johnson each posted two for the Wildcats. 

How It Happened | 2nd OT
K-State took an early lead after Brown hit a jumper just 20 seconds in to give the Wildcats a 77-75 lead. 
Daxter Miles, Jr. hit 3 straight free throws to help the Mountaineers to a 78-77 edge with 4:10 remaining.
The teams battled through two more lead changes and three ties before Phillip hit a jumper with just over one minute remaining in the period to give the Mountaineers the lead for good at 85-83. 
After Wade and Iwundu both had opportunities to score, Carter hit two free throws at the other end to seal the 87-83 win for West Virginia. 

Beyond the Boxscore

K-State is now 50-53 in conference openers dating back to Missouri Valley play in 1914, including 7-13 in the Big 12 era… The Wildcats are 35-19 when opening league at home, including 5-3 in the Big 12 era… It was K-State’s first loss in a Big 12 home opener since losing to No. 6 Oklahoma, 61-53, on Jan. 10, 2009.
K-State fell to 67-41 all-time in overtime, including 6-6 in double overtime… It was the first overtime game since a 66-63 win at Oklahoma on Jan. 10, 2015 and the first double overtime game since losing 87-73 at Baylor on Feb. 15, 2014… It was the first overtime game at Bramlage Coliseum since an 85-82 win over Kansas on Feb. 10, 2014 and the first double-overtime game in the building.
The loss snapped K-State’s 11-game homecourt winning streak, including an 8-0 mark this year.
K-State’s 83 points were the second-most this season and the most since scoring 83 vs. Coppin State (12/9/15)… 48 of the 83 points came from freshmen (Brown, Stokes and Wade) on 14-of-29 field goals.
West Virginia’s 87 points are a season-high for an opponent and the most by an opponent in Bramlage Coliseum since Nebraska also scored 87 on Feb. 17, 2010.
West Virginia’s 54 bench points were the most by an opponent in Bramlage Coliseum since 2000-01 and the second-most by an opponent since Kansas had 73 on Feb. 27, 2002.
K-State fell to 0-2 this season when losing the rebounding battle, including 19-26 under Weber... West Virginia turned its 15 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points. 
Four Wildcats scored in double figures led by freshman Barry Brown’s season-high 20 points… He went 6-of-12 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line… It was his 4th double-digit scoring game.

“You sit back and hope it goes your way,” head coach Bruce Weber said. “You are at home and hope that somebody makes a big 3-point basket or a big play. To their credit, which I told Coach (Bob) Huggins, it seems like a good group. They play hard and make plays and have a lot of confidence. Obviously, we competed. I think our biggest job is to keep our head up because now we have to play Tuesday. Every game is going to be tough. You wish we would have found a way to win. We did not. Now we go to Texas on Tuesday and play a very good Texas team and whatever is after that, it is not going to get easier.”

Up Next
K-State begins a 2-game road trip on Tuesday, as the Wildcats travel to Austin, Texas to face Texas (8-5, 0-1 Big 12) at 7 p.m. CT on the Longhorn Network.