Kansas State falters early, holds on late to down West Virginia

The Kansas State Wildcats looked like a completely different team between the first and second half and cranked up the intensity late to knock off West Virginia in overtime on New Years Eve.

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December 31, 2022 - 10:28 PM

Kansas State's Markquis Nowell (1) handles the ball at the top of the key at home against Wichita State on Saturday, December 3.

MANHATTAN — Jerome Tang’s Wildcats faltered early but held on late to defeat Bob Huggins and West Virginia’s Mountaineers on New Years Eve inside Bramlage Coliseum, 82-76. 

The Wildcats (12-1; 1-0) were puzzled early on when they only shot 38.7% from the floor in the first half and were out-rebounded in the opening 20 minutes, 31-12. However, Kansas State would bounce back from a 14-point hole and take the lead halfway through the second half. 

Following a Mountaineer (10-3; 0-1) Kedrian Johnson three-pointer to knot the game at the end of regulation, Kansas State would dominate the overtime period and walk away with a six-point victory to cap 2022. 

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