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West Virginia falls at Kansas State in largest loss of season

AP - Kansas State's Thomas Gipson gets past West Virginia's Gary Browne (14) and Brandon Watkins during the second half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Kansas State's Thomas Gipson gets past West Virginia's Gary Browne (14) and Brandon Watkins during the second half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
AP - Kansas State's Marcus Foster drives past West Virginia's Kevin Noreen during the second half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Kansas State's Marcus Foster drives past West Virginia's Kevin Noreen during the second half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
AP - Kansas State's Thomas Gipson shoots under pressure from West Virginia's Eron Harris during the second half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Kansas State's Thomas Gipson shoots under pressure from West Virginia's Eron Harris during the second half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
AP - Kansas State's Marcus Foster dunks as West Virginia's Devin Williams defends during the second half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Kansas State's Marcus Foster dunks as West Virginia's Devin Williams defends during the second half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
AP - Kansas State's Jevon Thomas shoots under pressure from West Virginia's Brandon Watkins during the second half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Kansas State's Jevon Thomas shoots under pressure from West Virginia's Brandon Watkins during the second half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
AP - Kansas State's Jevon Thomas (5) and West Virginia's Gary Browne chase a loose ball during the second half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Kansas State's Jevon Thomas (5) and West Virginia's Gary Browne chase a loose ball during the second half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
AP - Kansas State's Shane Southwell puts up a 3-pointer during the second half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Kansas State's Shane Southwell puts up a 3-pointer during the second half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
AP - West Virginia coach Bob Huggins (right) greets Kansas State coach Bruce Weber after their game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>West Virginia coach Bob Huggins (right) greets Kansas State coach Bruce Weber after their game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
AP - Kansas State's Shane Southwell (left) beats West Virginia's Kevin Noreen to a rebound during the first half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Kansas State's Shane Southwell (left) beats West Virginia's Kevin Noreen to a rebound during the first half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
AP - Kansas State's Thomas Gipson blocks a shot by West Virginia's Kevin Noreen during the first half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Kansas State's Thomas Gipson blocks a shot by West Virginia's Kevin Noreen during the first half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
AP - Kansas State's Will Spradling passes around West Virginia's Eron Harris during the first half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Kansas State's Will Spradling passes around West Virginia's Eron Harris during the first half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
AP - West Virginia's Devin Williams (5) looks to pass the ball under pressure from Kansas State's Thomas Gipson (42) and Shane Southwell during the first half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>West Virginia's Devin Williams (5) looks to pass the ball under pressure from Kansas State's Thomas Gipson (42) and Shane Southwell during the first half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
AP - Kansas State coach Bruce Weber questions a call during the first half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Kansas State coach Bruce Weber questions a call during the first half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
AP - West Virginia coach Bob Huggins questions a call during the first half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>West Virginia coach Bob Huggins questions a call during the first half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
AP - Kansas State's Shane Southwell gets past West Virginia's Eron Harris for a dunk during the first half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Kansas State's Shane Southwell gets past West Virginia's Eron Harris for a dunk during the first half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.

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By The Associated Press
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 4:45 p.m.
 

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Shane Southwell and Thomas Gipson scored 20 points apiece, and Marcus Foster added 15 as Kansas State beat West Virginia, 78-56 on Saturday.

Eron Harris had 21 points, and Juwan Staten contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Mountaineers (10-8, 2-3 Big 12).

Kansas State's lockdown defense continues to blossom as the Wildcats limited West Virginia to 32.7 percent shooting (16 of 49).

The Mountaineers entered averaging 79.9 points while shooting just under 46 percent.

The 22-point loss was the largest loss of the season for the Mountaineers.

The game was West Virginia coach Bob Huggins' second trip back to Manhattan after spending one season at the helm of the Wildcats program during the 2006-07 season.

Kansas State (14-4, 4-1) trailed for just 2:19 of the contest and led for the final 35 minutes.

The Wildcats shot 54.9 percent, their best percentage of the season, surpassing their previous high of 52.5 percent against TCU.

After two quick 3-pointers from Harris, the Wildcats answered the lone push of West Virginia by going on a 17-5 run and opening up a 20-13 lead with 8:43 left in the first half.

The Wildcats shot 58.3 percent from the field in the first half as well as going 5 of 10 from 3-point range.

Southwell paced the Wildcats with 12 first-half points, and Gipson contributed eight points.

Southwell's performance included an assist on an alley-oop dunk for Wesley Iwundu as well as a dunk of his own, pushing the Kansas State lead to its largest first-half lead of 15 points with 1:15 left till the break.

Thanks to a quick 3-pointer from Marcus Foster, the Wildcats opened up the second half on a 15-6 run and continued to dominate the defensive end of the floor.

Outside of the production from Harris and Staten, West Virginia struggled mightily, shooting 22 percent (6 of 27) from the field.

With the win, Kansas State now has held 15 of its last 17 opponents under their scoring average.

It also has held 10 opponents under 60 points.

Six points capped off Gipson's performance in the final 3 minutes of the game, including his last with 1:25 left.

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