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WVU topples Kansas State

Photo courtesy of Dale Sparks Sean McNeil looks to make a pass against Kansas State on Saturday. McNeil had 16 points to lead the No. 10 Mountaineers to a 65-43 win.

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Sean McNeil scored 16 points and No. 10 West Virginia used a two big second-half runs to beat Kansas State 65-43 on Saturday.

Derek Culver added 11 points for West Virginia (17-6, 10-4 Big 12).

Davion Bradford scored 11 points, and Mike McGuirl had 10 for Kansas State (7-19, 3-14). The Wildcats were held to their second-lowest points total of the season.

West Virginia scored the first seven points of the second half. Jordan McCabe, who started the game in place of leading scorer Miles McBride, then scored all seven of his points during a 17-0 run that gave the Mountaineers their largest lead, 59-34 with 5:14 remaining.

Both teams started without their point guards. Kansas State freshman Nijel Pack, the team’s leading scorer, sat out with an eye infection. McBride was banged up in practice and missed the first eight minutes of Saturday’s game. He was held to five points.

With McBride limited and teammates Culver and Jalen Bridges getting into early foul trouble, West Virginia was sluggish in the first half. Bradford took advantage of Culver’s absence with seven first-half points and the Wildcats trailed 26-22 at halftime.

UP NEXT

Kansas State: At Iowa State next Saturday.

West Virginia: Hosts No. 2 Baylor on Tuesday night.

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