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West Virginia’s comeback bid comes up brief, as Kansas State remained excellent in OT

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia practically pulled off the comeback of a lifetime Monday night time.

Almost.

As a substitute, it was Kansas State that ended up making historical past, successful its twelfth consecutive extra time sport in a 94-90 victory inside Bramlage Coliseum.

The 12 straight extra time wins dates again to final season, and Okay-State (17-11, 7-8 Massive 12) was cash once more, making 3 of 4 photographs and eight of 10 free throws within the additional interval.

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“It’s disappointing, very disappointing,” WVU head coach Josh Eilert stated on his radio postgame present. “To come back in right here and be that shut, you’re one bounce away or one well timed name away.”

Over the primary 27 minutes of the sport, WVU (9-19, 4-11) getting this sport into extra time wasn’t an possibility.

Kansas State, which entered the sport because the worst 3-point taking pictures group within the Massive 12, in fact got here proper out of the shoot and hit 11 of 19 from behind the arc.

“We will’t dig ourselves a gap like that,” Eilert stated. “Their guys have been backing us down and getting a two-footer and we didn’t have fingers up on the shooters or attending to the shooters.

“We couldn’t get a rebound. Nothing was going proper. We needed to throw our sport plan out fairly fast within the first half.”

By the point there was simply 13 minutes left in regulation, Okay-State had its greatest lead of 66-41.

That sounded nearly proper, as WVU entered the sport with out a victory away from Morgantown this season, with a few of its extra lopsided losses approaching the street.

After which RaeQuan Battle and Kerr Kriisa teamed up and stated, ‘Let’s attempt to change all of that.”

Kriisa began making 3-pointers of his personal — he completed with 5 of them in all to complete with a season-high 25 factors — and Battle bought to a degree the place it didn’t matter if he was being hounded by a Okay-State defender.

He hit off-balanced threes after which took off a few steps under the foul line and threw down a thunderous dunk. Battle completed with 28 factors and was 6 of 9 from 3-point vary.

It was the ninth time in 18 video games this season Battle scored greater than 20 factors.

“I challenged them at halftime, and provides them credit score, they got here out and responded,” Eilert stated.

In what ended up being a 31-7 run in slightly below 11 minutes, Seth Wilson hit a key 3-pointer and Quinn Slazinski added a key bucket with a one-handed floater alongside the baseline.

But it surely was the Kriisa and Battle present all alongside.

Kriisa gave WVU its first lead of the second half, 77-74, with a 3-pointer with 2:13 left. He canned two free throws for a 79-75 lead a minute later.

Then catastrophe struck. First, it was Kansas State heart Will McNair grabbing an airball and scoring it to chop WVU’s lead 79-77 with 51 seconds left.

WVU heart Jesse Edwards struggled your entire sport, and when he went to the foul line with 24 seconds left, he missed each, and Okay-State tied the sport moments later when Tyler Perry made two free throws that despatched the sport into extra time.

Edwards made simply 1 of 9 photographs from the sphere and he was 3 of 9 from the foul line earlier than fouling out of the sport in extra time.

“He’s very succesful, however we’ve simply bought to get that stability,” Eilert stated of Edwards. “We’ve bought to get his head up on the rim and typically he’s dashing issues and never even taking pictures it on the flip. He’s bought to get his stability and composure down there.”

Total, the Mountaineers didn’t assist their probabilities at getting a uncommon street win by going 17 of 26 from the foul line.

WVU’s final shot in regulation noticed Kriisa run off practically 14 seconds of the clock, earlier than hoisting up a bounce shot that got here up brief. Edwards grabbed the rebound and appeared to get bumped, however the referees dominated regulation had come to an finish.

WVU’s solely lead in extra time was transient, an 80-79 benefit coming from a free throw from Edwards.

From there, Perry hit a giant 3-pointer — he completed with six threes and 29 factors — and McNair bought behind each Battle and Pat Suemnick on one other play for a lay-up that gave Okay-State an 85-80 lead.

WVU did get as shut as 90-91 with 12.3 seconds left after Kriisa made two free throws, however then Perry made two himself.

Battle took an extended inbounds move with 8.8 seconds left and bought an excellent take a look at 3-pointer that would have tied it, but it surely was the one massive shot he missed all night time.

Cam Carter went 1 of two from the road with 4.1 seconds left for the ultimate rating, because the Mountaineers fell to 0-12 in video games performed away from the Coliseum this season.