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Comeback not enough as K-State pulls off the upset, 79-75

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

In a game that saw many ups and downs, West Virginia found themselves on the losing end of another close game on Saturday evening.

The Mountaineers (15-4) got out to a large lead late in the first half, 38-26, but managed to allow a 10-0 Wildcat run over the last 2:52 to give West Virginia a small, two-point advantage going into the locker room.

Kansas State (15-4) continued their momentum by outscoring the Mountaineers 29-17 throughout the first 12 minutes of the second half to create a 65-55 advantage.

After a Wesley Iwundu technical foul, Jevon Carter hit two free throws. This was followed by a Sagaba Konate layup and a steal-and-score by Nathan Adrian to cut the defecit to 4.

A Tarik Phillip layup-and-one gave the Mountaineers the advantage, 66-65. Barry Brown then led the Wildcats on a small run to give Kansas State the win.

Phillip led all scorers with 20 points. Carter had his second straight double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds.

The Mountaineers were 21 for 24 from the foul line, their best output all season.

Kamau Stokes led five Wildcats in double figures with 15 points.

West Virginia returns to action on Tuesday as they host second-ranked Kansas in the Coliseum. The Jayhawks have not won in Morgantown since 2013. Tip is set for 7:00 PM on ESPN.