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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Perhaps more guys need to get the flu. On Friday, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins sounded like a guy who wanted to cancel today's game against Kansas State because so many of his players were sick.

But this afternoon, it's Kansas State coach Bruce Weber who probably wished the game was called off.

That's because his Wildcats missed 33 of their 47 shot attempts, including a 10-minute field goal drought in the first half and another seven-minute cold spell in the second half, to fall, 89-51, to Huggins' 15th-ranked Mountaineers before 13,329 here today at the WVU Coliseum.

"We made shots," Huggins said afterward. "We shot 60.9 percent in the second half and 55 for the game. We've been shooting in the low 30s."

West Virginia (17-6, 6-4) coming off its worst defensive performance of the season at Iowa State on Wednesday night, had one of its best defensive efforts of the year this afternoon.

And the final statistics bear that out. K-State was 14-of-47 shooting from the floor for 29.8 percent; the Wildcats were out-rebounded, 36-24, they turned it over 15 times (five more than its season average) and were outscored 26-8 in the paint.

Kansas State did not score consecutive baskets the entire game and missed 30 of its final 37 field goal attempts.

"That's pretty good," Huggins said of his team's defensive effort.

Sophomore Sagaba Konate led West Virginia with 19 points and nine rebounds - all nine boards coming in the second half - James Bolden contributed 13 and freshman Teddy Allen came off the bench to score 12 as WVU snapped its three-game losing streak.

Sophomore Wesley Harris added 10 and the Mountaineers also got an important contribution from senior guard Daxter Miles Jr. with seven points and four assists in 25 minutes of action while coming off a flu bug that required him to miss the Iowa State trip.

Leading scorer Jevon Carter only had six but handed out a game-high 11 assists while making a pair of steals.

"That's as good a job as he's done with the ball all year," Huggins said of Carter. "He has 11 assists and no turnovers and I think anybody in the country would take that any day."

Kansas State (16-7, 5-5) hit seven of its first 10 field goal attempts in the first half before the lid went on the basket when West Virginia switched to its point-drop defense.

After a Dean Wade jumper pulled K-State to within three, 24-21, with 10:21 left in the first half, the Wildcats missed their next nine field goal attempts as West Virginia built its lead to 11 on a Wesley Harris 3-pointer from the corner.

A set play called by Huggins during a timeout led to a Konate baseline hook shot with 34 seconds remaining, giving WVU a 39-28 lead. But the Wildcats ended their first-half field goal drought right before the horn when Levi Stockard III tipped in Mike McGuirl's missed layup.

That K-State was able to hang around at all was the result of making nine out of 10 from the free throw line in the first half. In addition to missing nine out of its last 10 field goal attempts of the half, the Wildcats also reached their season turnover total of 10 by intermission.

Weber used 11 different players in the first half to combat against West Virginia's pressure and then put in everyone else available once the game got out of hand in the second half.

At one point in the second half, K-State had more turnovers (13) than field goals (12).

"I thought we played with good energy," Huggins said.

The 38-point victory today was West Virginia's largest in conference play since 1957.

The season sweep of the Wildcats couldn't have come at a better time for the Mountaineers, losers of five out of their last six games to fall into a tie with K-State for fourth place in the Big 12 standings before today's action.

But Oklahoma State's win earlier today at Kansas has breathed new life into the conference race. Texas Tech, by virtue of its big win at TCU, has moved into a tie with the Jayhawks atop the league standings with 7-3 records.

West Virginia now has sole possession of fourth place at 6-4 and could be tied with Oklahoma in third place if the 6-3 Sooners lose at Texas this evening.

OU and West Virginia will meet Monday night in Norman in another Big Monday game for the Mountaineers.

WVU has dropped both two-day, Big Monday turnarounds in conference play already this season, falling by five at home against Kansas and dropping a nine-point decision at TCU a week later.

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