MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Juwan Staten had a career day with 35 points as West Virginia knocked off Kansas State 81-71 on Saturday.
It was the second straight league win for the Mountaineers (13-9, 5-4 Big 12) and third in the last four games. Kansas State (15-7, 5-4) lost for the third time in four contests.
Staten had four rebounds and five assists, and connected on 8 of 13 field goals and 18 of 21 from the line – both free throw marks career bests. Terry Henderson had 13 points, Eron Harris scored 11 and Remi Dibo had 10.
The Wildcats got 20 points from Marcus Foster and 19 from Thomas Gipson.
Those two KSU players connected on 18 of 27 shots, but Staten provided much of what the Mountaineers needed to avenge a 78-56 defeat in Manhattan on Jan. 18, which has proved to be West Virginia’s worst loss of the season.