Things did not look great in Manhattan through the first 20 minutes of play, as the Kansas State Wildcats started cold yet again. But then, sparked by a hot-shooting Mike McGuirl and Barry Brown Jr., K-State managed to stage a record-breaking 21-point comeback to beat West Virginia 71-69 last night in Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats improve to 11-4, 1-2 with the victory. Your list of write-ups from the historic victory:
- K-State Stages Historic Rally to Beat West Virginia, 71-69; BotC
- Comeback for the ages; Green, Topeka C-J
- K-State pulls off biggest comeback in school history; Robinett, Eagle
- K-State stages historic 2nd-half comeback; Black, Mercury
K-State finally found some offense in the second half, thanks in large part to McGuirl actually hitting shots and Brown ruthlessly driving the lane (Robinett, Eagle). Over in Morgantown, the Mountaineers are off to their worst start to conference play since 2002, and are currently the only team in the Big 12 without a win in Big 12 play so far this season (Michael Miller, Smoking Musket).
The Cats will now head north to Ames to take on a Iowa State squad that will be fuming after a controversial loss to Baylor on Tuesday night in Waco. The Cats and the Clones have the early game Saturday, with an 11:00am CST tip-off that will be aired on ESPN2. To get you ready for this weekend’s action (and to hear a little about new football offensive coordinator Courtney Messignham’s time in Ames), be sure and check out the latest Bring on the PodCats (yes, you get two in one week!) featuring Wide Right Natty Lite managing editor Levi Stevenson.
Speaking of Luke Thompson, be on the lookout for the return of Tournament Thursday!
Over on the women’s side, the MittieCats traveled to Waco to take on the formidable Baylor Bears, and...actually made a game of it. The Wildcats kept it close throughout, and even held a slim lead over mid-way through the 3rd quarter, but the Bears finally put away the Wildcats in the end, 65-50. The Wildcats dropped to 10-5, 1-2 with the loss, but all five losses have come against teams that were ranked at the time of the game.
Next up for the Cats is a Sunday home tilt at noon against the Kansas Jayhawks, which features a halftime ceremony to honor the career of former All-American and Wildcat great Brittany Chambers, including a jersey retirement for the 3-time First Team All-Big 12 guard.
Kellis Robinett keeps emptying his notepad from his trip to Frisco, TX to cover new K-State head football coach Chris Klieman and his Bison team at the FCS championship game. Yesterday, he reported on Klieman’s plans to blend K-State’s winning football culture with his own.