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Game Recap: WVU vs. No. 6 Kansas

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The No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks take care of business at home as the Mountaineers allow the most points all season, 91-65.

West Virginia (13-16, 6-10) will now fall short of finishing with a even or winning record for the first time in a decade.

Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore had one of his better games of the season.  The future first round draft pick combined with Jeff Withey to lead the Jayhawks in route to a Mountaineer embarrassment.

McLemore had 19 points in the first half alone, more than he has had in his previous four games.  In the final twenty minutes, he wouldn't take his foot off the pedal.  He finished with 36 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Over a 21 minute span, McLemore and the entire WVU team were tied at 27 points each.

Withey made his mark primarily on the defensive end of the floor.  Withey nearly had a triple double, and assists wasn't a part of that.  The senior standout came up with nine huge blocks in the post, consistently shoving away defenders shots.  He added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

With eight blocks in the first half from Kansas, they accomplished something WVU has only done three times in an entire game just three times since 2010.

The first time these teams met, West Virginia was able to fall short by just five points.  It was a different story this time around at the Allen Field house, which has sold out for 196 consecutive games.

After twenty minutes, the Mountaineers were still in the game, or it seemed.  They were down just fourteen.

Three players had three fouls in the opening twenty minutes, making it difficult for Huggins to find talent to put on the floor.  Aaric Murray would fall out in just seven minutes of play, and Matt Humphrey had four fouls in five minutes at one point.

In the second half, Kansas made it look like they were playing against a team in their first game of the season.  It was alley-oop after alley-oop, almost as if they were back on the cement courts in a school yard.

You could consider a couple bright spots for the Mountaineers today.  For one, freshman Terry Henderson found his shooting stroke.  He managed to put up 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting from behind the three-point line.

Senior Dominique Rutledge also got involved in the second half.  The big man was able to find his way into the post without getting his shot blocked.  He finished with a double-double, 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Two games remain for WVU, with the next coming on March 6 away at Oklahoma.  That game will begin at 9:00.

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