Kansas State holds off West Virginia in Big 12 battle
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia shot the ball well from the floor and held its own against one of the nation's better rebounding teams. In the end, the Mountaineers couldn't get it done at the line.
West Virginia made just 12 of 22 free throws (55 percent), and it proved costly in a 65-64 loss to No. 18 Kansas State (13-2, 2-0 Big 12) on Saturday.
Shane Southwell made two free throws with 21 seconds left, then blocked Gary Browne's layup attempt with one second left to preserve the victory.
Jabarie Hinds had a career-high 15 points for the Mountaineers (8-7, 1-2).
WVU played without second-leading scorer Juwan Staten, who was benched in a disciplinary move by coach Bob Huggins for the second straight game.
“He has to get on the same page as me or he is not going to play anymore,” Huggins said.
Robert Morris 70, Monmouth 55 — In West Long Branch, N.J., Lucky Jones came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points and grab eight rebounds as Robert Morris (10-7, 2-2 NEC) topped Monmouth (6-11, 1-3).
Russell Johnson added seven points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals. RMU's leading scorer, Velton Jones, played only three minutes after being elbowed in the head early in the first half.
Villanova 68, Pitt 52 — In Pittsburgh, junior Asia Logan scored 21 points, but the Panthers saw their winless streak in the Big East extended to 20 with a loss to Villanova (13-2, 3-0 Big East).
The Panthers (9-6, 0-2) have surpassed their win total from last season when they went 8-22, but they haven't won a conference game since beating South Florida in the 2011 Big East Tournament.
“We just have to get better,” Logan said. “We work so hard.”
West Virginia 66, Kansas State 52 — In Manhattan, Kan., Christal Caldwell's 19 points and nine rebounds paced the Mountaineers (10-5, 2-2 Big 12) past the Wildcats (10-6, 1-3).
WVU shot 53.3 percent in the second half after shooting 26.7 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
Monmouth 58, Robert Morris 47 — In West Long Branch, N.J., Robert Morris got 14 points, a career-high 21 rebounds and five assists from junior forward Artemis Spanou, but saw its three-game winning streak snapped with a loss at Monmouth (5-9, 2-1 NEC).
Freshman Randi Jackson added a career-high 13 points for the Colonials (3-11, 2-1).