Kansas State (15-7, 5-4) fell to 1-4 on the road, all in Big 12 play, and crumbled with a collection of missed free throws and late turnovers. The Wildcats, who were No. 9 in the Big 12 in free-throw percentage, finished 8-for-19. They also committed 14 turnovers that WVU turned into 20 points.
WVU led 68-67 during a timeout with 2:39 to play and the defense forced the Wildcats wide, where Thomas Gipson tried to get a pass to Southwell, but had to wait when Staten guarded it. Southwell moved on and Gipson threw the ball to where his teammate had been standing.
Dibo then made a 3 for a four-point lead and Marcus Foster had a pass stolen by Henderson, who was fouled and made his foul shots.
Foster scored 23 points and Gipson added 19 and eight rebounds for the Wildcats. Southwell, who scored 20 points in the first meeting, finished with five. Kansas State shot 50.8 percent in the game, had 48 points in the paint and made seven more baskets than the Mountaineers, who play host to No. 23 Oklahoma (7-5, 6-3) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Sooners likely won't be ranked following Saturday's loss to No. 16 Iowa State.
"I don't care how we got the win," Harris said. "We got the win. I'm happy for our team. We're about to walk wound campus with our heads up and our chests out and play confident in our next game to get another win."
The Mountaineers used a pair of healthy runs to take a 39-31 lead at the half. Henderson and Staten both had two baskets as part of a 9-0 run that gave WVU a 12-8 lead. The Mountaineers would trail for only 27 seconds in the final 15:33. Harris had six points and Henderson and Staten both had two points in a 10-1 run later that put WVU up 29-22.
The lead would be as large as eight points when Staten was fouled on drives on consecutive possessions and went 4-for-4 at the foul line, but the Mountaineers knew they'd had problems at the end of the half in the past three games. WVU threw the ball away on a full-court pass from under the Texas Tech basket on its final possession of the first half Jan. 22. Seven-foot center Dejan Kravic threw in a one-handed 3 at the buzzer for the Red Raiders, who would trail 40-39 at the half.
WVU led Oklahoma State late in the first half, 35-32, but the Cowboys closed with a 10-0 run. Markel Brown dunked an offensive rebound with seconds to go in the half before WVU turned the ball over to set up Le'Bryan Nash's dunk for a 42-35 lead.
In Tuesday's win at Baylor, WVU allowed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw and a 3 from another 7-footer, Isaiah Austin, just before the buzzer to cut the halftime lead to 36-33.
Up 35-27, the Mountaineers gave up an easy score to Foster, but Henderson scored on an offensive rebound before Gipson missed two free throws. Staten was fouled again and made two free throws again before WVU survived four shots by the Wildcats to go to the locker room up 39-31.
Kansas State has lost five of seven games when trailing at the half and hasn't overcome a halftime deficit greater than five points.
"We took some quick shots and made some bad decisions in the first half, and that's where it counts," Weber said.
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