National Basketball Association
West Virginia 73, Kansas State 67
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Where: T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Officials: # Kipp Kissinger, # Gerry Pollard, # Keith Kimble
Attendance: 15295

Sean McNeil had 21 points and Malik Curry added 17 as ninth-seeded West Virginia defeated eighth-seeded Kansas State 73-67 Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo.

The Mountaineers will face top-seeded and sixth-ranked Kansas on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals.

West Virginia (16-16) kept the Wildcats at bay throughout the second half. Kansas State (14-17) ended the season on a six-game losing streak.

The Wildcats were led by Nijel Pack with 18 points. Mark Smith added 17 points and Ish Massoud had 13, but all of those came in the first half.

West Virginia controlled the paint, outscoring the Wildcats 32-22 in the paint. They also held a 29-5 advantage in bench points.

As in the first half, the Widlcats repeatedly responded to West Virginia's attempts to pull away in the second half. WVU's largest lead was 9 points.

After West Virginia took a 55-47 lead midway through the second half, Pack hit five straight free throws and Nowell drained a 3-pointer from the corner to tie it at 55-all.

Kansas State had multiple possessions down a point, but never could grab a second-half lead. West Virginia used an 8-0 run to build its largest lead at 69-60 with 3:30 left.

West Virginia led by 24-16 midway through the first half. But Kansas State chipped away, taking the lead with 3:22 left on a Pack jumper. The Mountaineers used an 8-0 run late in the half to pull away again before Massoud hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to cut the halftime deficit to 38-34.

Massoud led the Wildcats with 13 points in the first half, including going 3-of-3 from 3-point range. Pack had 8 points and Smith added 7 for the Wildcats.

McNeil led all scorers with 15 points for West Virginia in the first half, hitting 3 of 5 from long distance. The rest of the Mountaineers went 0 of 5 from behind the arc before the break.

-Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
West Virginia   Kansas State
Sean McNeil 21 Scoring Nijel Pack 18
Jalen Bridges 3 Assists Markquis Nowell 4
Taz Sherman 9 Rebounds Ismael Massoud 6
Malik Curry 4 Free Throws Made Nijel Pack 5
Jalen Bridges 2 Steals Ismael Massoud 2
Pauly Paulicap 2 Blocks Ismael Massoud 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
West Virginia 73 52.8 6-16 11-14 13 31 5 9 14
Kansas State 67 41.8 11-30 10-12 9 24 2 8 15