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No. 2 seed West Virginia (26-7) overcame a sluggish first half effort to defeat Kansas State 51-50 in Kansas City Friday night and will now play for the Big 12 tournament title for the second consecutive season. Huggins, who was Kansas State's head coach in the 2006-07 season and led the Wildcats to a 21-12 record and a win in the NIT, is now 8-4 against the Wildcats as WVU's coach.
"We didn't do a very good job on our man and about, I don't know, three weeks ago we chose to try a little bit of the 1-3-1", Huggins said.
Texas (11-22) wound up with 14 turnovers, failed to score the 5:34 of the game and never got star freshman Jarrett Allen involved in the game - he managed just nine points and 10 rebounds.
It was nearly enough to get the Wildcats to the Big 12 Tournament finals, but they needed a little more. Our whole thing is either turning people over or rebounding the ball. "We've got to get more shots than what our opposition does". They started 0-3 with losses in their first game of their first thee trips here, but they're now 4-4 and tonight will play in the championship game for the second straight season.
Kerwin Roach Jr. stopped the run with a 3-pointer, and by the time Mareik Isom scored a few minutes later, the orange-clad Longhorns had closed to 47-41 with 12 minutes left.
A low scoring first half and cold shooting start for both teams saw Kansas State's Dean Wade score the game's first points after three minutes of action.
Macon posted up and passed to a cutting Ahmad for a score to make it a three-point game, and Ahmad's second 3 of the game cut the deficit to 44-42 with 6:18 remaining. The ball clanked off the rim and West Virginia's Esa Ahmad and K-State's D.J. Johnson went up for the rebound at the same time.
The Wildcats got the ball across midcourt and called timeout with 10.4 seconds on the clock, but that may have been a mistake.
Stokes got off a desperate heave to the basket, but it ricocheted away from the basket as the buzzer sounded and West Virginia mobbed the court in celebration. And the Mountaineers' defense did the rest, preventing the Longhorns from getting any good looks in the game's closing minutes.
"We just set up a play, tried to make a play, and it just didn't happen", Stokes said.
Ahmad was the leading scorer with 15 points for the Mountaineers.
West Virginia 29, Iowa State 33. Defensively, West Virginia is yielding 66.8 points against the opposing teams.
The half ended with WVU shooting 2 for 15 from 2-point range and 4 for 17 from 3-point range, even though the Mountaineers scored 50 points in the paint in a home win against Kansas State last month.
Iwundu scored 13 and Stokes added 10 for the Wildcats, which fall to 20-13 and will now wait to see if yesterday's quarterfinal round victory over Baylor will be enough to get them into the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers will play Iowa State for a trophy on Saturday. We had a stretch where we played pretty good. "At certain points of the game, them being overly aggressive took us out of our offense a little bit". They won their sixth game in seven tries in the first round of the Big 12 tournament with a 61-52 come-from-behind victory over Texas Tech.
Forget the fact that they won 25 games.
Texas extended its season by a day with its win over the Red Raiders, but now the offseason begins for coach Shaka Smart and Co.
West Virginia gets ready for another Big 12 semifinal. Kansas State was in its first semifinal since 2013, when the Wildcats defeated Oklahoma State 68-57 before falling to Kansas in the final.