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Spradling scores 19 as No. 13 K-State uses big first-half run to beat West Virginia, 71-61

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    Kansas State guard Rodney McGruder (22) is covered by West Virginia guard Gary Browne (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kan., Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Associated Press

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    West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins, right, talks with an official during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Associated Press

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    Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia in Manhattan, Kan., Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Associated Press

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    West Virginia forward Dominique Rutledge (1) shoots over Kansas State guard Will Spradling (55) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kan., Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Associated Press

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    West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins smiles while talking with fans during warmups before an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Monday's game marked Huggins' first return to Bramlage Coliseum after coaching Kansas State for one year. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Associated Press

Will Spradling scored 19 points and No. 14 Kansas State used a big first-half run to beat West Virginia 71-61 on Monday night, ruining the return of Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins to the school he helped rebuild.

Nino Williams had 13 points, and Angel Rodriguez added 11 points and seven assists for the Wildcats (21-5, 10-3). They slipped into first place in the Big 12 by a half game over ninth-ranked Kansas and No. 14 Oklahoma State.

Deniz Kilicli had 14 points for the Mountaineers (13-13, 6-7), but the rest of their starters combined for 13 points, with two of them getting shut out.

Huggins received a warm reception in his first trip back to Bramlage Coliseum, where he went 23-12 as coach of the Wildcats during the 2006-07 season. Huggins led the program to the NIT, its first postseason appearance in eight years, before leaving for his alma mater.