K-State Basketball: ‘Cats take down Mountaineers

West Virginia's Devin Williams (5) looks to pass the ball under pressure from Kansas State's Thomas Gipson (42) and Shane Southwell during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

West Virginia’s Devin Williams (5) looks to pass the ball under pressure from Kansas State’s Thomas Gipson (42) and Shane Southwell during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

It was a great night for K-State basketball thanks to junior Thomas Gipson and senior Shane Southwell who lit up the court with 20 points each as Kansas State took down West Virginia 78-56 on Saturday evening.

The Wildcats (14-4, 4-1 Big 12) played in front of a sold-out crowd at Bramlage Coliseum, where they are now 118-79 in conference play and 311-98 overall.

Today marked the 5th meeting between the Wildcats and the Mountaineers (10-8, 2-3 Big 12), with the Wildcats leading the series 4-1.

The 22-point loss is the biggest of the season for the Mountaineers, thus far.

Gipson and Southwell led the charge as the Wildcats shot a season best 54.9 percent, scoring more than 70 points for the seventh time out of the past nine games. The team also ranks high in the Big 12 with assists on 64 percent of field goals, including 22 out of 28 field goals made in today’s game.

Southwell and Marcus Foster were each noteworthy from behind the arc with 4-8 and 3-5 3-pointers, respectively. The Wildcats as a whole shot 50 percent (5-10) in 3-pointers in the first half and 42.9 percent overall. Foster contributed 15 points, despite only playing 13 minutes of the game.

Outside of West Virginia’s sophomore Eron Harris, who had game-high of 21 points, and Juwan Staten, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds, the Mountaineers had little success offensively, ending the game with a 32.7 percent field goal average.

Despite a 8-3 lead in the first minutes of the games, the Mountaineers were quickly silenced by a 25-7 run led by Gipson and Southwell who gained 17 points collectively during the stretch.

Gipson booked a team-high of 32 minutes on the court against the Mountaineers and was matched by Nino Williams in rebounds with six.

Senior Will Spradling also had a game-high and season-best of three steals along with five points.

The Mountaineers held a lead for only 2:19 minutes of the game, while the Wildcats dominated the final 35 minutes.

K-State will begin a two-game trip to Austin, Texas on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT to take on the Longhorns (14-4, 3-2 Big 12) and will end the week in Aimes, Iowa on Saturday to challenge Iowa State (14-3, 2-3 Big 12).