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Kansas State 65, West Virginia 64

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Kansas State sank two free throws then blocked a desperation shot by West Virginia guard Gary Browne to secure a 65-64 victory over the Mountaineers on Saturday and give the Wildcats a 13-2 start on the season for just the second time in their history.

The teams battled even throughout the second half until WVU freshman Eron Harris hit a baseline jumper with 21.4 seconds left for a 64-63 lead.

Shane Southwell, who finished with 17 points, was fouled by WVU's Jabarie Hinds and calmly sank his two free throws with 9.1 seconds left.

WVU had one more chance, but Hinds lost control of the ball. It was batted into the backcourt, where Browne ran it down and drove toward the basket, only to be stuffed by Southwell.

Down 36-33 at halftime, WVU came out on fire, scoring eight straight points to test Kansas State's will. But the Wildcats weren't about to fold, even on the road, as Rodney McGruder scored a huge basket and then Southwell followed with a tying 3-point dagger that made it 41-41.

With McGruder firing away, Kansas State stretched its lead to 48-41 and seemed on the verge of taking control of the game.

WVU's Aaric Murray had other ideas, however, scoring six in a row to bring the Mountaineers back to within a point at 48-47.

NOTES: Kansas State played its first game in Morgantown in 60 years. ... WVU starting guard Juwan Staten, who was benched in the second half of the Texas game after coach Bob Huggins said he wasn't following orders, did not start Saturday. ... WVU is normally a proud offensive rebounding team but did not have an offensive rebound in the first half. That streak ended when Browne got an offensive rebound off his own miss at the start of the half and scored. ... Bruce Weber's 13-2 start is the best for a first-year coach in K-State's 109-year history.
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