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Top 25: No. 18 Kansas State 65, West Virginia 64

Published January 12, 2013 2:57 pm

Top 25 basketball • The Wildcats posted their sixth consecutive victory.
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Morgantown, W.Va. • Shane Southwell made two free throws with 21 seconds left then blocked Gary Browne's layup attempt with 1 second left to preserve No. 18 Kansas State's 65-64 win over West Virginia on Saturday.

Southwell and Rodney McGruder both had 17 points for the Wildcats (13-2, 2-0 Big 12), who won for the sixth straight time.

Jabarie Hinds had a career-high 15 points for West Virginia (8-7, 1-2). Aaric Murray added 11 points and Terry Henderson scored 10.

The lead changed hands six times over the final eight minutes. West Virginia had two chances to retake the lead after Southwell's free throws.

But Hinds missed a wild jumper from 16 feet with 12 seconds left. The Mountaineers got the rebound and called timeout.

The inbounds pass ended up in the backcourt. Browne grabbed the loose ball, dribbled the length of the court and attempted a layup, which Southwell swatted away just before the final buzzer.

West Virginia, which was coming off an overtime win at Texas, could have used a win over Kansas State to improve its standing for a postseason berth. The Mountaineers instead fell to 0-3 against ranked teams this season.

Both teams shot 51 percent from the floor for the game. But West Virginia went 12 of 22 from the free-throw line and played without second leading scorer Juwan Staten, who was benched in a disciplinary move by coach Bob Huggins for the second straight game. —