Bob Huggins' return to Bramlage Coliseum did not go well, as Will Spradling tied his career high with 19 points to lift the No. 13 Kansas State Wildcats to a 71-61 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers on Monday.
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While the game marked the third time Huggins faced his former team, Monday was his first trip back to Manhattan, Kan. since the 2006-07 season, Huggins' only year at the helm of the Wildcats. Kansas State welcomed him back to town rudely, first by not acknowledging him during introductions, then by giving his Mountaineers a beating despite not getting a great performance from its best player.
Rodney McGruder struggled from the field for the second consecutive game, but Spradling stepped up by making 5-of-9 field goal attempts en route to leading the Wildcats in scoring. Spradling and Kansas State (21-5, 10-3 Big 12) jumped out to a 16-4 lead, then increased its first-half lead to as many as 18 points. Huggins boiled on the bench, notching a technical foul and jawing at his players regularly.
Deniz Kilicli finished with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting for West Virginia (13-13, 6-7 Big 12).