Wildcats Post 10th Conference Victory
Feb. 18, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Will Spradling tied a career-high 19 points, grabbed four rebounds and hit a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe to lead the Wildcats to a 71-61 win over West Virginia.
Spradling opened up the second half with an old-fashioned three-point play, and a Nino Williams jumper would extend the lead to 38-20. A technical foul at the 16:25 mark put Spradling at the free-throw line to give K-State its largest lead of the game at 21 points. West Virginia bounced back to come within 14, but Rodriguez hit a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats another spark.
The Mountaineers acquired a second technical foul along with a personal foul at the 9:24 mark resulting in four flawless Spradling free throws. With the clock winding down, West Virginia got within 10, but the Wildcats held on to claim a 71-61 victory over the Mountaineers.
Rodriguez dished out seven assists in the game, marking the 14th time this season the sophomore has had five or more assists in a game. Rodriguez also added 11 points and hit a perfect 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. Thomas Gipson and Williams were solid off of the bench combining for a total of 24 points. Gipson played 11 minutes in the first half and outscored the Mountaineer starters 9-7.
The Wildcats shot 50-percent on the night (23-of-46) marking the seventh time this season K-State has shot 50-percent or better. The Wildcats are 6-1 in those games.
K-State is back in action on Saturday as the Wildcats travel to Austin, Texas, to take on the Texas Longhorns. The game will be aired on the Longhorn Network at 7 p.m.