"It was a designed play for me to get the ball to the basket, try and draw a foul, penetrate, kick, but I think I tripped or something like that and got a tip on the ball and I couldn't catch it," Hinds said.
Browne recovered and had to hurry to his basket. His short shot at buzzer was smothered by Southwell.
"Gary ran it down, I screened his man and he tried to get a shot," Rutledge said. "It was all we could do."
The Wildcats were led by 17 points from Southwell and leading scorer Rodney McGruder. Kansas State shot 51 percent in the game, but just 37 percent in the second half. One best rebounding teams in the NCAA, the Wildcats outrebounded WVU 28-27.
Hinds led the Mountaineers with 15 points. Murray scored 11 and Henderson added 10. They shot 51 percent in the game, but just 43 percent after halftime, and were 4-for-8 from 3-point range. The Mountaineers also missed 10 of 22 free-throw attempts.
"I thought we competed for the most part," Coach Bob Huggins said. "The problem is we don't for a consistent period of time. Did all nine guys that played today compete? Absolutely not. Most of them did. When your guy is dunking it at one end and you haven't gotten to the foul line, you're probably not competing real hard."
WVU played the entire game without point guard Juwan Staten, the team captain who had started the first 14 games, but was benched and didn't play after halftime of Wednesday's win.
"He's going to get on the same page with me or he's not going to play anymore," Huggins said.
The first half was closely played. There were three ties and three lead changes. Kansas State never led by more than five points and WVU never led by more than three. The Wildcats made 7 of their first 10 shots. The Mountaineers made 6 of their first 10. Kansas State shot 68 percent from the floor. WVU shot 65 percent. Both teams made three 3-pointers.
There were only two differences and both teams did well to exploit them. Kansas State was called for 13 fouls. Four players had two fouls and one had three. The Mountaineers were 8-for-14 at the foul line. Kansas State was 3-for-6 as WVU was called for just five fouls.
Kansas State, No. 18 in the nation in rebounds per game and No. 6 in offensive rebounds per game, had a 12-4 edge in rebounds and a 7-0 lead in second chance points. The Mountaineers didn't have an offensive rebound until the first missed shot of the second half and that led to a Browne put-back basket.
Henderson scored in transition on successive possessions and the Wildcats took a timeout as WVU matched its largest lead at 39-36. A layup by Hinds matched the largest lead either way, but the Wildcats needed 63 seconds to tie the score 41-41 and were in the lead again less than a minute later. They finished a 12-0 run with a 3 from McGruder for a 48-41 lead with 14:30 left to play.
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